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Old 28th July 2020
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Strat pickups

Hi everyone,

my strat is dead - he shop tells me that two pickups have shorted out and are broken. Is this even possible??

Anyway, these are active DiMarzios which came with it when I bought it used. I always liked the sound and buzz free operation. Assuming the really need to be replaced, what does everyone suggest here - I'm no expert in the field and now I even hear you can wire the pots in several ways for more tonal variety.

- I definitely want hum/buzz free pickups.

- Passive may be an advantage, because changing the batteries is always a pain on this thing.

- Also everything in the instrument (minus the maple neck) is black, so a black covered PU would be a bonus.

Thanks for any suggestions,
Stefan
Old 28th July 2020
  #2
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Fender has just released their new Ultra Noiseless pickups that's in the Ultra series of guitars.
You can have either Vintage or Hot.
They're noiseless and don't need batteries so two out of three!

https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts/...992290000.html

https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts/...992291000.html
Old 28th July 2020
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Fender has just released their new Ultra Noiseless pickups that's in the Ultra series of guitars.
You can have either Vintage or Hot.
They're noiseless and don't need batteries so two out of three!

https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts/...992290000.html

https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts/...992291000.html
Thanks for the suggestion - I'll check them out!
Old 28th July 2020
  #4
https://www.wildepickups.com/products/noisefree-strat

https://www.wildepickups.com/products/l45s

There are a couple Bill Lawrence designs you should consider.



-tINY

Old 28th July 2020
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DiMarzio Area pickups might be right. They sound good, are noiseless, and come in a couple of differing strengths/tones. Oh, and they're passive...
Old 29th July 2020
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DiMarzio Area pickups might be right. They sound good, are noiseless, and come in a couple of differing strengths/tones. Oh, and they're passive...
Yeah. I'd check those out. Don't forget the Injectors.
Old 29th July 2020
  #7
Fralin has a line of noiseless Strat pickups. These are side-by-side humbuckers, like P-Bass pickups.

https://www.fralinpickups.com/produc...t-split-blade/

They also have this: https://www.fralinpickups.com/produc...-strat-bridge/
Old 29th July 2020
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Fralin has a line of noiseless Strat pickups. These are side-by-side humbuckers, like P-Bass pickups.

https://www.fralinpickups.com/produc...t-split-blade/

They also have this: https://www.fralinpickups.com/produc...-strat-bridge/
That Split Steel Pole Strat Bridge pickup sounds thick!
Old 29th July 2020
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Mojotone is the master of noiseless IMHO....Iโ€™m currently getting the 67 quiet coils installed in my latest Strat
Old 30th July 2020
  #10
Thank you all for the many suggestions. I'm on a youtube binge right now comparing everything. Fascinating stuff :-)
Old 1st August 2020
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I've had the Bill Lawrence Noiseless Strat pickups for 15 years and love them.

They really let you hear the qualities of your guitar. USA made.
Old 5th August 2020
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Thank you all for the many suggestions. I'm on a youtube binge right now comparing everything. Fascinating stuff :-)
Me too my friend, me too.

I can't decide between the V-mod pickups and vintage noiseless. Now it seems based on this thread I have to listen to dozens more pickups!

I love and hate it so much.

Old 6th August 2020
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Hi everyone,

my strat is dead - he shop tells me that two pickups have shorted out and are broken. Is this even possible??

Anyway, these are active DiMarzios which came with it when I bought it used. I always liked the sound and buzz free operation. Assuming the really need to be replaced, what does everyone suggest here - I'm no expert in the field and now I even hear you can wire the pots in several ways for more tonal variety.

- I definitely want hum/buzz free pickups.

- Passive may be an advantage, because changing the batteries is always a pain on this thing.

- Also everything in the instrument (minus the maple neck) is black, so a black covered PU would be a bonus.

Thanks for any suggestions,
Stefan
The best noiseless I have tried were Kinman (I think these are called the Gilmoure set, but had a different designation then, as well as the Woodstock set which I have in my very expensive Melancon guitar). I also have Fralin Split Blade strat pickups in one of the strats, and although it is not 100% classic strat tone they are pretty close for rock-n-roll.
From the other ones mentioned above I can say that they do not sound very much like the classic strat pickup but are pretty good in their own right. I must add that all the ones made by Fender sound too ice-picky for my taste and I dont use them
Old 6th August 2020
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Anyway, these are active DiMarzios which came with it when I bought it used. I always liked the sound and buzz free operation.
Haha, after getting the strat back from the shop the other day I was squinting twice at my guitar - they're not DiMarzios, they're Seymour Duncan. Can't believe I had that wrong. Same difference, though. I'm leaning toward the Fender vintage noiseless at this point. I really like the Tone Specifics, too, but man, they're expensive. Though decision, everything sounds great somehow, with the possible exception of the lace sensors - they're just not stratty enough.

I also have a technical question, but this is a pickup thread, so I'll start a new one instead here. Thanks again everyone - incredible pickup universe out there!

Last edited by stefangs; 7th August 2020 at 02:56 PM..
Old 7th August 2020
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I'm leaning toward the Fender vintage noiseless at this point.
The new Ultras or the old ones?
Old 7th August 2020
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The new Ultras or the old ones?
I believe the ones I heard in the demo were the old ones. But I'll check out the Ultras as well.
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