I like them...but when comparing them to the stock Classic 60s series pups..those stock pups..especially the bridge pup, is Awsome
I think I would go with a 'Noise gate' pedal before I would switch over to those Noiseless pups.
Noise gates don't address the key problem - that of hum and noise that is audible under your playing, especially when using compression and overdrive. They only prevent hum when you are not playing, which is not an issue for me, I just back the volume pedal all the way back any time I am not picking.
I'm not claiming that the Fender Noiseless are necessarily as good sounding as various others, and I have loved my VanZandts for many years in my 52RI. But sometimes the situation calls for reasonable compromise.
So far, I've enjoyed playing the Noiseless pickups at home and in rehearsal. Tomorrow night is a regular gig and so is the real test.
nickd said:Bit of a bump here, but after having VN pups, heres my conclusion.
Neck sounds awesome, and still retains a good majority of genuine fender tone, and a bit more. It sounds quite stratty.
Bridge is a bit of a let down, not much bass, lacking mids, and very upper treble. All in all not as good as the neck. (this is after countless combinations of pickup height)
I recently put a set in my Tele and in one of my Strats. At first I wanted to pull them out. Then I set the pup heights and played with the tbx and my amp, and I dialed in some amazing sounds. I grew to love them. They're very versatile--great twang, great jazzy cleans, great rhythm sounds--good Tele sounds.