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Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set   

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The Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set can breath new life into your Stratocaster. Made with Alnico V magnets, custom magnet wire, and aged wh...Read More

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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. The 3 pickup set comes with 3 control pots. Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickups are crisp, clear, and quiet.


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FenderVintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set
 
4.6

(based on 81 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (7)
  • Improves sound (6)
  • Functional (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

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

 

Adjust them Low and they sing

Until I put these babies down real low, almost level to the pick guard, did they sound like a strat should with that "woodie" Hendrix bass sound and ringing highs....Read complete review

Until I put these babies down real low, almost level to the pick guard, did they sound like a strat should with that "woodie" Hendrix bass sound and ringing highs. I first set them to the factory heights as per the Fender website and I hated these things. I thought I got ripped off, but reading all the news-groups about them had set me straight. Keep them low and you will love them. If you record, you must have these. They are truely quiet. I record in a industral area with hi-current powerlines all around me. Texas specials, vintage, Lace sensors, and standards all hum as loud and the notes I'm playing. These quys are SUPER QUIET. Buy them and adjust them low.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

nice noiseless set

By Wishbone

from Huntsville Texas

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup

    Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

    will solve your noise issues, which is why I chose them. not too hot and very warm sounding neck position, bridge is a bit bright but pickup height does make a difference with these , try keeping them low with the traditional bridge slightly higher. I used the 1meg tone pots included with the pickups. You can darken them with different values (250K, 500k). they are very quiet as well and do have a nice tone and are very strat sounding for a humbucker. my only complaint is that the set was short one screw ( only 5 not 6) for installing the pickups.and they are no longer US made, assembled in Mexico, not that it is a bad thing, just sayin'!!

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    5.0

    best thing for almost any strat player

    By Beejay

    from Santa Barbara

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

    These pickups are really great sounding without all that humming and micro phonics that most of us fought for years. They give a really great vintage sound with a little boost in drive. This last week I installed the Eric Clapton mid boost circuit and a match made in heaven was born. Running my Stratocaster through an old fender champ amp gave me the sound of Erics greatest album, IMO, Derek and the Dominos. No pedals were in the circuit and I could call up every voicing of Eric Clapton's playing. I'm in love with my strat all over again

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great sound and no noise

    By loudog

    from Louisiana

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

      I've had a set installed in my MIM Strat for a long time. I used the 1 MEG pots and .022 cap supplied with the set. I was not happy with the sound and the pots provided very little change through the rotation. No tone or volume changes until the last 1/4 of the rotation. After some research and some suggestions, I installed 250K pots (Bourns) and .047 cap (Orange Drop) and the sound was much better with more control provided with the 250K pots. A very important step is to lower all the pickups to almost level with the pickguard and then raise them individually until they sound right. I didn't think that I would be able to hear the difference, but I was wrong. The differences through even very slight height changes was very easy to hear. The pickups may not be level when you finish, so don't look down if it bothers you. After the final setup, my Strat sounds great with no noise!!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      fender vintage noisless pickups

      By Guitarguru

      from Tokoroa New Zealand

      About Me Professional Musician

      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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      (5 of 6 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

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        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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          (6 of 7 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 Advovate

            from Charleston 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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