Anyone try noiseless pups and go back to originals

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  1. Hoodster

    Hoodster Friend of Leo's

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    I had the fender hot noiseless in a Strat. They were terrible. And not even hot.

    I tried the DiMarzio Area T in a Tele that was a very good pickup, but still nothing like the Duncan Jerry Donahue or other good true single coil.
     
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  2. teleplayr

    teleplayr Tele-Afflicted

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    I have Fender "Hot Noiseless" in the neck & middle positions, Duncan JB Jr. at the bridge. They're there to stay.
     
  3. KATT

    KATT Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    I've used Lace Sensors for years. I must sound like crap!

    Surely the active electronics in the Clapton Strat is just a separate mid boost circuit, much the same as using a boost pedal. It just happens to be in the guitar itself. The pickups in that guitar are not 'active'. Could I sound better by using a boost pedal with the Lace Sensors to reduce the levels of crapness?
     
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  4. nosuch

    nosuch Friend of Leo's

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    I put bardens in a telecaster a couple of years ago. In the studio I had two similar teles (maple neck, swamp ash body, traditional bridge) one with the bardens and one with fender OVs. We did some A/B and after that I went back to traditional singlecoils.
     
  5. drmordo

    drmordo Tele-Afflicted

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    I've talked about it elsewhere on the forum, but since this thread was active I bought a Jeff Beck Strat with the Hot Noiseless PUs, and they embody everything bad people say about Noiseless PUs - dark, sterile, lack dynamics, uninspiring. It's an amazing guitar, but those PUs suck.

    I have a partscaster strat that sounds killer that has the Clapton booster wired to GFS Staggered Alnico PUs, but GFS has been out of them for a while. Wanting to use a similar PU, I googled quite a bit and ended up ordering a set of FCS Custom '54 PUs. I've got them in the pickguard now and need to solder everything together. I got the Fishman rechargeable battery back plate so I don't have to rout the guitar for a battery.

    So - why didn't I order Lace Sensors after praising them earlier in the thread? I was myopically focused on recreating the 50s sound I get from my GFS loaded guitar and honestly the Lace Sensors didn't even occur to me until later. But I have two guitars loaded with them and have a set to load up a third, so I've got plenty of Lace Sensor guitars around. I put a Strat-sized Lace Sensor in the just the neck position of one tele because I realized I can swap in different variations until I get the sound I want without having to buy a bunch of pickguards - right now it has a Light Blue Charlie Christian Lace Sensor and sounds fantastic, but in 10 minutes I could yank that and slap in a the Blue PAF or Gold Strat. I actually just bought a Strat PU Tele pickguard off here to set-up another Tele with the Lace Sensor neck PU.

    I will likely buy a set of Golds for the Jeff Beck if I don't like the Custom 54s.

    Jeff Beck Strat. They should call these PUs Hot Garbage.

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    Clapton-ish Partscaster with 90s MIJ neck that is one of the most buttery smooth necks I have ever played.

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    Ibanez Roadstar II with Gold Lace Sensors. Sounds great. This was my first guitar, I got it Christmas of '87.

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    Tele Partscaster with Lace Sensor in the neck position. I removed the lettering on the Lace Sensor to make the guitar look "Esquire-ish". I also have a maple MIM Fender neck I just got that has not yet been installed. It has a GFS big pole PU in the bridge, which I do like and it pairs will with the Charlie Christian Lace Sensor.

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    Woo Hoo!!!
     
  7. Arfage

    Arfage Tele-Meister

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    Reminds me of Rory Gallagher's Esquire some, '59 Olympic white. His has the old original Lawrence single blade stacks, the tele version and two L250 Strats pickups.
     
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  8. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    nope ;), those noiseless Dimarzios are home to stay
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  9. 11 Gauge

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    I had an '84 Roadstar II in the same red color as yours! I thought the stock (color matching) ceramic pickups were actually pretty good, and I actually still have them in my basement somewhere, even though the guitar itself is long gone.

    Funny thing is I actually painted those pickups white at one point, to try and make them look more like EMGs or Laces. The epoxy paint I used adhered so well that I wasn't able to remove it all!
     
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