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Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set  

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Classic Strat tone without the hum.

The Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set can breath new life into your Stratocaster. Made with Alnico V magnets, custom magnet wire, and aged white covers with gold "Noiseless" logo. Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickups are crisp, clear, and quiet. Control pots NOT included.


 
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4.6

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (5)
  • Improves sound (4)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (4)
    • Practicing (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Vintage Tone

    I bought a 2012 MIM Std Stratocaster from MF... I didn't mind the stock Pups but the buzz/hum was driving me nuts... so I bought a set up for the VN...Read complete review

    I bought a 2012 MIM Std Stratocaster from MF... I didn't mind the stock Pups but the buzz/hum was driving me nuts... so I bought a set up for the VN Pups online, installed the new Pups, a 3 ply eggshell 3 ply pickguard and put in some shielding and EXTRA wiring for the grounds.

    My views are based on playing several guitars over time and by playing my VN modded Strat through 3 different amps.

    1. The neck and middle Pups are just great 100/100... the neck gives that Hendrix crunch and tone when I use some of the Hendrix presets downloaded for my Mustang II and Mustang IV (V2) amps. The middle gives a nice Telly type twang and if you roll down the tones below 5 on the higher gain models on the SS amps you will be happy as a a beaver in a creek full of trout.

    2. The Bridge sounds a little weak and is very low output on mine and I tweaked with the heights of all of the Pups from the Fender settings to my own... it is still a little "light on" = 60/100

    3. These are VERY LOW output Pups. On my Strat I will have my Master volume on my Mustang II amp at 7 and the Strat volume at 7 to get the same sound I can get from my PRS SE Bernie Marsden volume on 1 and the amp on 3... really they are low output... but the tones will make up for that.

    4. On high gain settings I got a little fizz on the 2 and 4 positions but after some extra earthing I solved that minor issue.

    5. Settings 1-3-5 are really now all in play... zero hum and some great classic Strat twang, bark, crunch and bite can be had using the right amp settings. The neck gives a perfect Hendrix pump on the right amp settings.

    6. Be sure to check the correct wiring diagrams as I have seen 5 versions online and even from Fender that are incorrect. If you contact me somehow here I can send you the right one.

    I play a lot of rock, blues and some psychadelic stuff.. a heap of The Who, Pearl Jam, Hendrix, Ian Moss, Cold Chisel, Glenn Campbell, Bowie, some SRV, ELO, George Harrison etc. ALL sound very nice.

    The 60's tones I can get from this and the Hendrix presets on the Mustang amps are scarily good, especially that Little Wing tone and Red House Blues, Hey Joe, Pali Gap etc.

    I also put in the Clapton TBX boost and removed it because I can get those sounds using my modelling amps.

    I also played this for hours through a mate's Princeton tube amp and it is TRULY awesome the tone one can get... even better than using the SS amps.

    Also driven through a Boss DS-1 type overdrive pedal is no problem... have also tried a black-box, green screamer (external pedals as well as Mustang IV mods)... all are good

    My only major problem is that you will really need to double check the capacitors, resistors and wiring as it can be a bit tricky if you get it wrong at first. I am an electronic engineer and was befuddled how Fender could put out wrong switching set up figures.

    Overall I would give them 88/100 in rating. My favorite sounding Strat Pups are those they are using in the reissue '65 Strat and the CS 69 Pups but these are very NICE for 60's tone hounds like me. Some people prefer the Hot VN Pups because of the low output issue but I think these sound a tad better and more VINTAGE (which is why we bought these in the first place.... amirite or amirite) !

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    did fender forget the spects on the strat???

    I installed these for a customer, and each pick up only had 3" of wire. I had to solder on more wire on the neck and mid. pick up. then the...Read complete review

    I installed these for a customer, and each pick up only had 3" of wire. I had to solder on more wire on the neck and mid. pick up. then the schematic said 3 1 meg audio pots. well fender blew it again and gave me 2 1 meg's, and one 500k? how could they not give you enough lead on the pick ups? these were new in the box. then they send a wrong pot? I had to charge the customer extra for the extention of the wire and 5 bucks for the correct pot. he was looking at me like i was the retard that didnt know what i was doing but it was fender. fenders quality control has completely left the ball park. their new products are not up to par with the fender name. I will NEVER buy a new fender product unless they get their act together.the only thing i will give them is they are very quiet humbuckers.

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    5.0

    fender vintage noisless pickups

    By Guitarguru

    from Tokoroa New Zealand

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

          These are great pickups, but there are a couple of mods you need to do. firstly, throw the wiring diagram the pickups come with out, second, get yourself a TBX tone pot and install that in place of the bottom tone pot. The TBX tone pots come with their own wiring diagram so just follow that. I used .022 orange drop capacitors on both the tone pots as well and found that this made a difference as well instead of the original ones supplied.After 44 years of playing I am very happy with my tone.
          Fitting the mojo tone mod to the volume control also makes a difference when you roll the volume back, you don't loose tone.
          I have a 2012 American standard and a strat that I pu together myself, I first did this wiring and pickup combination on the one that I put together and it sounded so good I did the same thing to the American standard

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Major MIM upgrade!!!!!!

          By spike

          from yooper

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • I Have A Mim Hss And The
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

            I have a mim strat with a hss setup, and the pups
            were real noisey. I purchased these pickups and had a friend install them along with a new pickguard and I am completely blown away by not only the fact that they are quiet but the TONES!WOW! My friend also recommended I install a 400k oil capacitor instead of the stock ceramic one for true vintage tone!These pups are really transparent, they definitely make you an honest player.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            VN Pups - Need to Use 1 Meg Pots

            By Painter33

            from Delaware

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Bright And Versatile
            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • NA

            Best Uses

            • Blues Rock

            Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

            I first just dropped them in and wasn't completely satisfied, but upon a little research, I discovered that they are designed to use 1 meg pots. The 250K were just okay, but the 1 meg, well, a huge difference. The range of full-bodied tone was very noticeable, and I didn't use a treble bleed as some do with these. I can set the amp to 1 on treble, mid, and bass and get a remarkably clear, bell-like tone. A with just a little gain and there's crunch to spare. These are more to my liking than the Tex-Mex in my other Strat (though it's a true hardtail without the heavy trem block). Among the two Strats and a Tele, I can only describe these pups as stellar.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Vintage Tone

            By dogsbrekky

            from NY

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • 60's Blues N Rock
            • Good Quality
            • Hendrix Tone
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

              I bought a 2012 MIM Std Stratocaster from MF... I didn't mind the stock Pups but the buzz/hum was driving me nuts... so I bought a set up for the VN Pups online, installed the new Pups, a 3 ply eggshell 3 ply pickguard and put in some shielding and EXTRA wiring for the grounds.

              My views are based on playing several guitars over time and by playing my VN modded Strat through 3 different amps.

              1. The neck and middle Pups are just great 100/100... the neck gives that Hendrix crunch and tone when I use some of the Hendrix presets downloaded for my Mustang II and Mustang IV (V2) amps. The middle gives a nice Telly type twang and if you roll down the tones below 5 on the higher gain models on the SS amps you will be happy as a a beaver in a creek full of trout.

              2. The Bridge sounds a little weak and is very low output on mine and I tweaked with the heights of all of the Pups from the Fender settings to my own... it is still a little "light on" = 60/100

              3. These are VERY LOW output Pups. On my Strat I will have my Master volume on my Mustang II amp at 7 and the Strat volume at 7 to get the same sound I can get from my PRS SE Bernie Marsden volume on 1 and the amp on 3... really they are low output... but the tones will make up for that.

              4. On high gain settings I got a little fizz on the 2 and 4 positions but after some extra earthing I solved that minor issue.

              5. Settings 1-3-5 are really now all in play... zero hum and some great classic Strat twang, bark, crunch and bite can be had using the right amp settings. The neck gives a perfect Hendrix pump on the right amp settings.

              6. Be sure to check the correct wiring diagrams as I have seen 5 versions online and even from Fender that are incorrect. If you contact me somehow here I can send you the right one.

              I play a lot of rock, blues and some psychadelic stuff.. a heap of The Who, Pearl Jam, Hendrix, Ian Moss, Cold Chisel, Glenn Campbell, Bowie, some SRV, ELO, George Harrison etc. ALL sound very nice.

              The 60's tones I can get from this and the Hendrix presets on the Mustang amps are scarily good, especially that Little Wing tone and Red House Blues, Hey Joe, Pali Gap etc.

              I also put in the Clapton TBX boost and removed it because I can get those sounds using my modelling amps.

              I also played this for hours through a mate's Princeton tube amp and it is TRULY awesome the tone one can get... even better than using the SS amps.

              Also driven through a Boss DS-1 type overdrive pedal is no problem... have also tried a black-box, green screamer (external pedals as well as Mustang IV mods)... all are good

              My only major problem is that you will really need to double check the capacitors, resistors and wiring as it can be a bit tricky if you get it wrong at first. I am an electronic engineer and was befuddled how Fender could put out wrong switching set up figures.

              Overall I would give them 88/100 in rating. My favorite sounding Strat Pups are those they are using in the reissue '65 Strat and the CS 69 Pups but these are very NICE for 60's tone hounds like me. Some people prefer the Hot VN Pups because of the low output issue but I think these sound a tad better and more VINTAGE (which is why we bought these in the first place.... amirite or amirite) !

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great tone, no noise, win-win!

              By SheldonP

              from Sandpoint, ID

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Classic Strat Tone
              • No Hum
              • Respond Well To Mods

              Cons

              • Set Up Is Tricky

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

                I recently installed a set of these on a custom build for a customer. Having played a few Strats equipped with these pups and not being that wild about the tones, I wasn't expecting to be blown away. Once installed per the Fender schematic, they were a bit bland and thin for my tastes overall. The customer agreed, but really didn't want to spend more money on a different pup set. Fortunately, a five minute internet search gave me quite a few options for wiring mods. With 500K pots and a simple "stock strat" 5-way wiring setup, they sing! All of that smooth, punchy, classic Strat tone with no hum!

                I will say that after testing through several amps, these pups don't seem to like modeling/COSM amps AT ALL. They lose sparkle, punch and clarity. Give 'em some tubes to compress (even cheap little 5 watt practice amps)and they come to life.

                Overall a GREAT pickup set, albeit a bit finicky as to setup and amp pairing.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My take

                By RipDime-lMwnF

                from New york

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Sounds good

                Cons

                • Dud Every So Often

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

                I got this set and there were 2 duds in it. Musiciansfriend rectified the situation with no extra cost to me. I will definitley do business again with them. They were nice and cordial the whole time.

                The set is a great sounding set. It also cuts the 60hz hum completely. They are extremely quiet while maintaining that classic fender tone. The instructions are a bit lacking if you've never done this kind of upgrade but luckily I have wired guitars for a while now so it is a breeze if you are experienced doing it.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Quiet and toneful

                By Marshall Advocate

                from SC

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                Pros

                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • Bridge Pup Thin

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

                At first I didn't like them because I had to roll the tone knob in position 2 so far back to kill the brightness I lost the pop and snap that good strats have. The bridge pup was a bit too bright sounding for my taste. However, you vintage purists will love them, because the pups were a tad bright on those old-timey guitars and these things hit the old time tone nail on the head. Also, they have no problem smoothly driving an overdriven amp or pedal with lots of sustain and harmonics. Very nice

                Switch Positions 4 and 5 are fantastic. The middle and neck pups have a lot more oomph to them, and the balance was near perfect. Even the middle pickup when used all by itself gave out a nice Tele-like tone.

                On a whim I swapped out the bridge pup with a Little 59 and wow! I got the best of all worlds. The balance is just right even with that HB in the bridge and now I have a number one go-to guitar that gives me a sweet strat sound or one with attitute when I want it. Best of all - these things are quiet! No hum, anywhere. I'm going to put that bridge pup in another guitar in the neck position where I'm hoping the highs will help even out some of that typical neck swampy tone. The tone on it was great, just a little bright.

                I'll buy them again, to be sure.

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                (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                These Are terrible!

                By Marshall Advocate

                from SC

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Functional
                • Noise Free

                Cons

                • Bridge Pickup Failed
                • Harsh Brassy Sound
                • Not Vintage Strat Sound
                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

                  I got these pickups thinking I could get that vintage strat sound with out the noise. I was wrong. I hate these pickups. They are brassy, with a nasty high midrange hard honk that is not vintage sounding, yet they have too much highs as well, making them thin and buzzy when in overdrive, especially when using pedals. Even my Soldano SLO100 amp sounds horrible with these, and that is one smokin amp! When my bridge pickup failed Musiciansfriend's answer was too bad, you are past the 30 days, it's Fender's problem now.

                  This is bogus! You either stand behind your products or you don't. In this case they did not and I have every right to be mad at MF right now because I spend a lot of money with them. Don't buy these pickups, they suck. Buy the FAT 50's. I got a set of those and they are awesome! They are what these pickups should have been. I am fortunate to be able to play a lot of vintage instruments and these pickups don't even come close to the sound they should have. The Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups are junk. Junk!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Not bad at all

                  By The_Matt

                  from Guangzhou, China

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

                        I have been living in Guangzhou, China for the last year, and have started up a band out here. I've been playing stictly acoustic for a long time, and was at a music shop and found a strat for 360rmb (about $60 US), it had these pickups installed in it already. I tried it out in the store, and right away I knew I found something special, so I bought it. Keep in mind, these pickups are not for heavier styles, but they're great for the style I play (jazzy progressive rock). The highs are glassy and not overbearing, and the lows are chunky and warm, the way I like it. Strumming a full bar chord sounds really sweet, but be warned that these pickups won't respond well to high gain. Clean channel and low-gain make them sound very nice though.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love these pickups!

                        By Scott Morrise

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

                        I took a careful couple of hours to install these guys checking and double checking the included schematic against the one at the Fender site. The included directions were absolutely correct but a little difficult to see everything so the online version helped. Little things like a jumper on the volume pot and the location of the cap might be easy to miss so check out the schematic on Fender.com. Wow! When I plugged in to a blues Jr. amp it was like an entirely new guitar. The sound just sparkles and there isn't any hum. My guitar is an Indonesian Squire and I didn't have any problem fitting these into the body. I only had to sand/file the holes in my pick guard a tiny bit to let the pots glide through.
                        Everything you need to make your old guitar into a tone dream.
                        Everything is solid. Careful though, the tiny wires on the underside look pretty delicate. You could accidentally break one and ruin your day.
                        Yeah, for $129, or maybe less if you look around, you can make a cheap guitar sound like an expensive guitar.

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