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Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set

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Stays quiet so you can turn up loud.

The Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set is for those who have always hoped they could find a humbucker with the bite, snap and snarl of a '60s Tele pickup. Now Fender has made that dream a reality. Designed with Special Alnico V magnets and enamel-coated magnet wire, these innovative stacked Tele pickups are even quieter than standard humbuckers! The neck pickup has a nickel silver cover for added clarity while the bridge pickup produces the traditional Tele twang. Each pickup proudly displays the Noiseless logo for more of that classic Fender vibe.

FEATURES
'60s Tele twang, snap, and snarl combined with humbucker quietness
Special Alnico V magnets in a stacked configuration
Enamel-coated magnet wire
Neck pickup has nickel silver cover for added clarity
Bridge pickup developed to produce traditional Tele tone

Upgrade your Tele without altering its essential character. Order today.

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FenderVintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set
 
4.8

(based on 35 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

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  • Concerts (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome but with some hints and tips...

My new Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups replaced the Tex-Mex set that came with my Nashville Deluxe Tele. In the first set I received, the bridge pickup was defective. I would recommend measuring them...Read complete review

My new Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups replaced the Tex-Mex set that came with my Nashville Deluxe Tele. In the first set I received, the bridge pickup was defective. I would recommend measuring them with a meter and compare them to the spec BEFORE you install them. My first bridge pickup measured > 200K instead of 8.6K spec and its output was only about 1/10th of the neck pickup and very thin. The current set sounds great and is quiet. While I can't specify the output level, the Vintage Noiseless pups drive my Fender Blues Jr about the same and have given me additional colors and tone over my original Tex-Mex pups. I am very pleased with them.

A couple hints:
The instructions, essentially a wiring diagram without labels or values, was of little value. For this specific pup set, there are no references to if the potentiometers should be changed out. There are a number of references to the Strat set, to the Noiseless set in general being dual coil and therefore requiring higher value pots, and a recommendation from Fender support to change to 500K for the volume and 1M for the tone pots - that is what their Strat diagram indeed shows. My Tele sounded horrible with the 500Ks for both volume and tone. You could've etched glass! I was finally able to find Tele diagrams, with either 2 and 3 Vintage Noiseless pups, and the value was 250K for both volume and tone, and .022uF for the tone cap.

I also replaced the original pots and the tone cap with a better quality .022uF 200V cap because of the multiple solder heatings. Note the value of the cap was the same as my original value.

If you are changing out a set of Tex-Mex like I did, the old middle pickup will have yellow and red wiring. The new will have black and white wires. White = Yellow and Black = Red.

Finally, the Vintage Noiseless pickup was just a bit taller than my Tex-Mex pup so I needed a 3/4" set of mounting screws instead of 1/2" to properly adjust the height of the pickup. Otherwise, the pickup would fall out into the body cavity. Mine uses the rubber tubing and mounts to the pick guard. They were readily available at at local hardware stores (4-40, 3/4").

In spite of the defective bridge pickup, I still rated the Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups as excellent. The replacement set was perfect and Musician's Friend made the return and replacement painless.

Hope that is helpful to folks out there.... there wasn't much I found in searches or in the Tele forums.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nailed the noise!

I installed these pick ups in a Squire Classic Vibe 50's Tele, and I have to say that Fender nailed the noise with these pick ups, but that's it! There is much...Read complete review

I installed these pick ups in a Squire Classic Vibe 50's Tele, and I have to say that Fender nailed the noise with these pick ups, but that's it! There is much to be desired in the tone department. The Bridge pickup has NO base plate underneath, therefore there is a lack of lows, mids, and punch. I mean if it's twang you want, and I mean nothing but twang, this is the pick up for you. Otherwise, you might want to utilize an equalizer if you don't already have one, to offset the lack in tone fullness. Looks like I'll have to do more research! You'd think after all it takes to purchase some of these guitars, at least the replacement parts would be of better quality! This was a disappointment Fender!

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome but with some hints and tips...

By Mark

from Mechanicsburg, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Functional
  • Improves Sound
  • Sounds Like A Tele

Cons

  • Hard 2 Find Documentation

Best Uses

  • Upgrade Your Pickups

Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

My new Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups replaced the Tex-Mex set that came with my Nashville Deluxe Tele. In the first set I received, the bridge pickup was defective. I would recommend measuring them with a meter and compare them to the spec BEFORE you install them. My first bridge pickup measured > 200K instead of 8.6K spec and its output was only about 1/10th of the neck pickup and very thin. The current set sounds great and is quiet. While I can't specify the output level, the Vintage Noiseless pups drive my Fender Blues Jr about the same and have given me additional colors and tone over my original Tex-Mex pups. I am very pleased with them.

A couple hints:
The instructions, essentially a wiring diagram without labels or values, was of little value. For this specific pup set, there are no references to if the potentiometers should be changed out. There are a number of references to the Strat set, to the Noiseless set in general being dual coil and therefore requiring higher value pots, and a recommendation from Fender support to change to 500K for the volume and 1M for the tone pots - that is what their Strat diagram indeed shows. My Tele sounded horrible with the 500Ks for both volume and tone. You could've etched glass! I was finally able to find Tele diagrams, with either 2 and 3 Vintage Noiseless pups, and the value was 250K for both volume and tone, and .022uF for the tone cap.

I also replaced the original pots and the tone cap with a better quality .022uF 200V cap because of the multiple solder heatings. Note the value of the cap was the same as my original value.

If you are changing out a set of Tex-Mex like I did, the old middle pickup will have yellow and red wiring. The new will have black and white wires. White = Yellow and Black = Red.

Finally, the Vintage Noiseless pickup was just a bit taller than my Tex-Mex pup so I needed a 3/4" set of mounting screws instead of 1/2" to properly adjust the height of the pickup. Otherwise, the pickup would fall out into the body cavity. Mine uses the rubber tubing and mounts to the pick guard. They were readily available at at local hardware stores (4-40, 3/4").

In spite of the defective bridge pickup, I still rated the Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups as excellent. The replacement set was perfect and Musician's Friend made the return and replacement painless.

Hope that is helpful to folks out there.... there wasn't much I found in searches or in the Tele forums.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic Tele Sound, Without Noise!

By rzbk777

from Dayton, OH

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Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

I bought these for my 2010 American Standard, I wanted the classic Tele sound without the 60 cycle hum. This set delivers, I'm very happy with them. Sound great clean or dirty. The bridge is pretty hot considering they are actually stacked humbuckers, but still can get single coil sounds.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

tasty

By Ghosty

from Ithaca, NY

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Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

27 five star ratings can't be wrong.
Bridge/Rhythm
Sleek, very attractive. I replaced what I believe were the stock pickups in a '92 American Tele. The vintage noiseless are not only super quiet but very thick sounding as well. Unlike many other Tele pickup configurations I've played, the neck pickup is evenly balanced with the bridge pickup (in volume, gain, treble, and bass.) Both pickups are very warm sounding, given you are playing through a tube amp. They clean up nicely with the volume knob in overdriven situations. No question the best option for replacing pickups in a Tele.
For $120 - a tremendous deal, given the tone improvements in my tele.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tone, great price

By JH

from Central TX

Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

I played a Tele with the Samarium Cobalt pups, and wasn't really satisfied with the tone, so I picked these up instead after reading some great reviews. I am not disappointed in the least. Compared to my original pups (in a 2008 MIM Standard), these are far warmer sounding and have a far greater range - clean, I can get them to squeal or rumble or anything in between depending on my amp settings. But where they really shine is when I turn on a bit of overdrive - they have a wonderful crunch almost on par with a good set of humbuckers. Buy these - you won't regret it.

(5 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

My Vintage Noiseless Telecaster Pick Ups

By Riznik

from Columbia SC

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Pros

    Cons

    • Not Functional
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      I don't know, maybe it's just bad luck! I found a beautiful 1998 MIM tele in Showroom condition, I mean it looks as though it was never played. So I decided to get it for myself this Christmas. I already have a MIM Fat Strat that is very nice But it has some 60 cycle hum (i've learned to live with), but This tele sounded great but the noise was way worse. So I decided to buy the Vintage Noiseless tele pick ups. After reading the intructions I notice that the pick ups are warranted by Fender if THEY ARE INSTALLED at an authorized Fender repair Shop, so I decided to have this authorized shop in Columbia SC install them. Well that was a big bummer because they did alot of things wrong to my tele and the pick ups were still noisy and not working right. So I went to another authorized Fender repair shop in Lexington SC. I told them what was going on and the said they would take a look. I was advised that the bridge pick up was only putting out less than half it's normal output but he would ask Fender about it. Well to make a long story shorter Fender sent out a relacement to the shop, if fact they sent out two replacement bridge pick ups. After waiting about a month I was told it was ready for me to pick up. well let me tell you it is the same noisy thing. it quiets if I touch the strings or any metal on the guitar but this time the bridge pick up doesn't even work. I'm taking it back to the shop in the morning. I tell you I've paid so much in repair charges that I wish I would have just bought the American version and pray that one is better. I'm not sure if it's the product (pick ups) or the authorized dealers doing my repairs. This was just supposed to be a simple pick up switch out and set up.
      I am very dissapointed!

      (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Nailed the noise!

      By Zagatron1

      from DC

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      I installed these pick ups in a Squire Classic Vibe 50's Tele, and I have to say that Fender nailed the noise with these pick ups, but that's it! There is much to be desired in the tone department. The Bridge pickup has NO base plate underneath, therefore there is a lack of lows, mids, and punch. I mean if it's twang you want, and I mean nothing but twang, this is the pick up for you. Otherwise, you might want to utilize an equalizer if you don't already have one, to offset the lack in tone fullness. Looks like I'll have to do more research! You'd think after all it takes to purchase some of these guitars, at least the replacement parts would be of better quality! This was a disappointment Fender!

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Classic Tele Sound

      By MusicMatty67

      from Maryland

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      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      I have a 2002 Standard Tele with a set of these instaled. Much better Tones with these ..much like the stock pick ups in my 1991 Standard Tele..those stock pickups are excelent with there stagered pole pieces. I wasn't inpressed with the stock pickups of the 2002 Tele, they are strong but I didn't care for sound while strumming. My buddies 2005 Tele is even worse..strong pickups with harsh tones. These noisless are very balanced..great Twang in the Bridge and beauftiful bell rings using both pickups. What a Tele should sound like.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Tele Upgrade

      By N5KDA

      from Natchez, MS

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      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      Not long ago I installed some Fender noiseless pickups in my strat and loved them. I decided to make the upgrade to my 2007 MIM Tele. The stock pickups were ok but the neck pup was a little muddy and of course, there was the ever-present buzz. These Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele pickups are great. The Tele twang is there and the tones are very clear. However, I was spoiled with the ease of the strat upgrade. The Tele upgrade involves removing the bridge assembly that means you will have to set everything up again so it?s more time consuming. These pickups are very much worth the time and effort. If you?re looking for that classic Tele sound without the noise buy these.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Pickups, great price

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      I bought these pickups for my Tele Thinline because it really hummed. I've been playing with them for 2 years now, so I figure I can write a good review. The PUPS aren't completely noiseless but they're a big step up from regular single coils. My one real complaint is that the low E string sounded really muddy when I first got the guitar back. But after moving the low string tree froward as far as possible, I solved this problem. As far as sound goes, these babies are sweet. They sound so much better than anything else I've ever heard. They can really scream, but they're also great for playing clean as well. They're great at high volumes and and are completely clean, no mud at all. I don't regret my decision to buy these PUPS. And, for $115 for the set, you cannot go wrong. If you're looking for a good set of Tele pickups, you have to go with the noiseless.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No more buzz

      By old frog

      from Houston, TX

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      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      I never thought I would use the three words: Fender, noiseless, and pickup in the same sentence. I have a 1993 American Standard Tele. I've always had to put up with some hum when I took my fingers off the guitar. I had these put on, and I couldn't believe the sound. It was just as bright and just as twangy as the original factory pickups. There is no noise whatsoever.just great Tele sound.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worth every penny!

      By Greg

      from Eau Claire, WI

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      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      I replaced the pick-ups in my American Tele with these. I was a bit nervous about compromising that awesome Tele tone, but the hum was very annoying both in live situations and recording.These pick-ups sound the same as the originals, but minus the hum. What a difference!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sound

      By infinitejosh

      from Southaven, MS

      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      I bought these to upgrade the stock pickups in my Squier Affinity Tele. I went with the Vintage Noiseless because I love the sound of my Dad's 2000 American Deluxe Tele and I wanted to come as close to that as possible without breaking the bank. Besides the pickups, I threw in a new Fender switch and some 250K pots and I couldn't be happier with the sound. They're great clean or dirty and they definitely make my Squier sound like a Tele should. The bridge pickup is twangy and crunchy and the neck pickup is silky smooth. My only gripe is the ribbon on the bridge pickup was folded down, exposing the winding. No big deal-I just superglued it back in position but I did slightly ding the quality rating for it. I would recommend these pickups to anyone looking to upgrade a MIM or Squier Telecaster.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love thes pickups

      By Kenny Clay

      from Ky

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

        Installed these in my fsr special edition tele delux ash body guitar. Love these pickups the tone is amazing great upgrade I definitely recommend these.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Hush

        By MainManAlex

        from Houston, TX

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        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

        These pickups are the greatest thing to happen to my Mexican Telecaster since I did it the courtesy of taking it out of the box. After installation and getting the height dialed in, these coils deliver the same great sound one would expect from a Telecaster less a great deal of annoying hum. Comes only with the pickups and a diagram - no "I love Telecaster!" balloons or patches, sadly. Can't really complain, though. These pickups make a deceptively cheap instrument even better. It really isn't even fair.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Believe It

        By The Chairman

        from Maryland

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

        30 years ago, I played a Telecaster; there was only one kind at that time, you know, made in US.Loved it. It had a Bigsby Vibrato. Stupidly let it go when marriage and kids said "gimme."Now, 52 years old. Oldest son (28) and wifey decided that for Christmas they'd get me a chunk of my past and bought me (to by joyous surprise) a Telecaster. (Mexican).Love it. But the hiss. Oh, the hiss.Bought me a pair of Noiseless Tele Vintage pickups...ABBRA CADABBRA and HOCUS POCUS MAGNAMOSIS!!!!!!!!!!I got me a dead-heat clone of an American Tele, just so happens it says made in Mexico on the head stock. But BELIEVE IT. There is no difference in sound and playability than what I recall from the late 60's & early 70's.Hiss? Dismissed!If you have a Mexican Tele, and want to improve it 1000%, install Vintage Tele pickups. That is all you have to do.BELIEVE IT.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        FrankenTele twang

        By Mike Mcd

        from Minnesota

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        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

        I installed these in my FrankenTele (Warmoth neck etc.) and find them very good and quiet. The twang is there, but not as much as I would like. Sensitivity is good and warmth is excellent. My kid put them in with no problems. Get 'em from your local guitar shop and ask for a good deal.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very solid!

        By Mike

        from Iowa

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        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

        I used these as part of a rebuild of an old mid-80's Tele-clone. Between investing time to thoroughly shield pickup and control cavities and these pickups, there is no hum. Tonal qualities are very nice and I am still enjoying the range of voicing I can get out these, particularly from the neck pickup with a hint of gain and reverb - a versatile blues sound. I am 100% satisfied with these pickups.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wonderful!

        By telehunter

        from NeTN

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        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

        After 30 years I finally found a pickup that fits my style. Thank you Fender for making my Tele sound this good! So much better than stock pickups or the Joe Barden pickups I had on it. Now I have that true Tele tone without the noise!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        If you have a Mexican Tele

        By seaogar

        from Brooklyn, NY

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        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

        I had these installed at the local guitar shop, now my circa 1993 Mexican Tele sounds amazing! Like getting a new great guitar. The difference is night and day. Well worth the investment, you won't believe the difference these things make.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        NO MORE NOISE

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

        These pickups should be standard on any American Tele. They are as quiet as my Fender lace sensors on my strat plus. Only flaw is the mounting screws don't look like the original screws that came on my American Tele. They flat head screws instead of phillips head screws. I just use my original screws and no problem. Buy these! You will love them!

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