Anyone try noiseless pups and go back to originals

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  1. teleplayer99

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    I tried the gen 4 noiseless and they are quiet. But they ain't the single coils I am familiar with. Fender has a great idea with these stacked pups.

    I do see the appeal, but mine are coming out. I plan to shield for hum control and go back to my original pups to get back the single coil sound.
     
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    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Yeah - I didn't like gen 3 or gen 4. Don't miss them, but I don't play out.
     
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    I much prefer normal pickups to noiseless especially in a strat. Normal pickups just sound more strat-like to me.

    Having said that, I have fitted a lot of noiseless pickups for my circle of guitar playing friends - they mostly play with gain and dislike buzz especially for recording.

    None of them have asked for the original pickups to be put back in.

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    noiseless=toneless
     
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    I’ll never go back. If I’m playing singles, they gotta be noiseless. I don’t care how well anything is shielded, noiseless is quieter by far. It’s totally non-negotiable for me. I will not play guitars with traditional singles. Once you truly get used to the noise being gone you’ll never be able to tolerate it again. At least I can’t. I don’t even like playing in bands with other people who use them. The hum drives me nuts. Not only is it insanely annoying, it’s totally unnecessary.
     
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    The vintage noiseless on my Tele are dope. I liked them better than the chopper T and twang king on my kotzen... though thst was great too but not as grest for me.
     
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    honestly the noise and hum is part of the rawness and organic experience to me
     
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    I’m very happy with the N4 Noiseless pickups I installed in my Telecaster. I have Vintage Noiseless pickups in a MIA Strat. They’re OK but not the equal of the N4 pickups in my Telecaster. The CS ‘69 Stratocaster pickups in my FCS Strat are my favorite in all of my guitars. I have no idea how Fender did it, but the hum is barely audible. Magic? I don’t see foil or shielding paint and the middle is not RWRP. I hate the thought of an N4 pickguard for my Strat with VN’s because the 490 R & T pickups in my SG bother me more.
     
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    I like the noiseless pickups. I'm still using the original vintage noiseless, not any of the newer generations of noiseless. Yes, I can tell that they aren't true single coils, but their close enough for me, and I really cannot stand the hum.
     
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    I had a couple Strat Plus guitars with the Lace Sensor pickups.
    I sold them and replaced them with American Standard models.
    I prefer regular pickups.
     
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    I have kinman noiseless in a 58 strat and I love them, I had a set of darker kinmans in a 85 Japanese tele reissue and didn’t bond with them

    I have a Nash tele with fralins and could care less about any hum because they kill

    so I guess it’s horses for courses
     
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    Each and every time.
     
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    A friend of mine had a strat with the Fender Noiseless pickups. I was at a gig he played with his blues-rock band, and I'd heard all the internet buzz about how "toneless" and "sterile" those pickups are. He even (gasp!) played through a Line 6 half stack. Do you know what it sounded like to me?

    A strat.
     
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    Yes. Kinman Broadcaster were not for me.
     
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    I recently put a set of Lace Sensor Golds in a Strat, and I am completely sold. They sound amazing and are quiet.

    That said, they are a bit spendy for my taste. The Strat Golds you can find for $50 on ebay/reverb, but the Tele bridge version never shows up used and is ~$100 new if memory serves. It is also only available in black plastic.

    I may very well resort to buying a white plastic Gold and epoxying it to a Tele base rather than paying $100. I also think it might look cool in my white on white Esquire that may soon become a Tele.
     
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    No, I've been using noiseless since the early 90s Lace sensors.

    I had Fender N3s in my 2010 American Deluxe HSS Strat, and while they were noiseless and it had S-1 switching, I could not get any tones I liked. I switched to DiMarzio noiseless pickups and am very happy. Pro 54 neck, Area 61 middle, AT-1 humbucker bridge. My other guitar has DiMarzio Cruisers, and I'm almost as happy with them, but they aren't as dynamic as the Area types.

    I heard N4s are much better than the prior versions, but have not played them myself. David Brewster on YT is using them, FWIW. (It only took, what, 25 years to get a decent replacement for the original Lace sensors? o_O)
     
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    I recently pulled the original N3’s from an MIA Deluxe Thinline and swapped in some Bootstraps. The noise difference is minimal with my amps but the tone is now more vintage and organic I guess.

    The N3’s don’t sound bad at all and I could see how someone playing out or recording would prefer them.
     
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    Tried gen 4's in my strat. They were great when guitar volume was on 10 but completely killed tone and dynamics as soon as it was rolled off. Out they went.
     
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    Seriously considered this with my Jazz Bass but I found an onboard preamp fixed things somewhat. I wonder if the same applies for some of the noiseless guitar pickups.
     
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    Nope.
    I prefer noiseless pickups.
    Once the “hummers” leave, they stay gone.
    Admittedly, not all noiseless are created equally.
    I dislike Fender noiseless, they sound bright and thin.
    All of them, so far.
    I have Kinman’s In my EJ, and PRS Kestrel bass.
    I love them.
    I tried Kinman noiseless P90 In my gold top, and Kinman Broadcaster noiseless in my Richie Kotzen Tele, and hated them.
    I have had good luck with DiMarzio and Duncan noiseless.
    I can’t tolerate humming/noisy pickups on a gig.
    Only my gold top has single coils.
    It has great sounding Duncan CS Alnico V Staple pickups.
    My 62 Reissue Strat will be getting Kinman or Duncan noiseless soon.
     
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