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  • Fender: Vintage Noiseless or Hot Noiseless?

    I'm putting a set in my MIM strat, and I want that classic strat tone, but I'm really looking for something like David Gilmour (Another Brick In the Wall solo) tone, Prince (All Along the Watchtower @ Super Bowl), SRV, Hendrix, all that sort of thing. I'll be running the guitar through a Fender Hot Rod DeVille mostly, but I'll probably be using a BOSS ME-50 here and there as well.

    So which pickups would suit me better? The Vintage or Hot Noiseless?

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    The Vintage Noiseless are the crappiest pickups Fender offers IMO. So weak.

    I really like the Hot noiseless though. They sound closer to the real deal and have that bite.
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    • #3
      I'd go for the Hot Noiseless, because they'd be more versatile, and more suited to SRV tones. Plus I've heard some people were unhappy with the tone of the Vintage Noiseless set.
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      • #4
        Out of curosity, is your Hot Rod DeVille the 4x10 or 2x12 model?

        I'd suggest waiting on the pickup swap until you got the effects chain you want in place. The Boss ME-50 wouldn't be the direction I'd recommend for you though. I'd be more inclined to recommend a tube based overdrive pedal where you could essentially replace it as your pre-amp and use the Hot Rod for the power amp stage.

        If you want the absolute best truly classic Strat sound I'd say look here, Lindy Fralin Strat Pickups. My second choice would be the GFS Boston Blues or Grey Bottoms.
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        • #5
          Awesome! While I love SRV's tone, I'd probably be playing his kind of stuff mostly in the bedroom. I don't play blues much at all, so maybe the Grey Bottoms are more my speed?
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          • #6
            i'm actually looking at a set of the Hot Noiseless to replace my Texas Specials. the specials are good, but not the sound i'm after. can anyone describe or give me names of who plays with the hot noiseless? other than J Beck. can the hot noiseless get that Comfortably Numb solo tone?

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            • #7
              can the hot noiseless get that Comfortably Numb solo tone?


              The best I've heard anyone get close to that tone was with stock MIM pickups, a stock TS-9 reissue, a Fender Deluxe Reverb, and an Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man. Go figure.

              The other thing that you have to remember about Pink Floyd's studio sound is they spent a lot of time tweaking it in post production. You won't ever get their studio sound 100% but Gilmore's live sound is quite amazing too. EDIT: Also check out his Tele Tone in this performance with Paul McCartney
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              • #8
                I have the Vintage Noisless on my Deluxe Player's (MIM) Strat. At first I was unimpressed with them because they were too weak. I have come to like them (gotten used to them), but have no experience with the Hot Noisless. I also wonderr if the SCN's are any good?

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                • #9
                  Have you thought about Dimarzio Area 58's or 61's? These supposedly have that single coil bite and chime. I'm thinking about these for a future project.
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                    go cat go wrote:
                    Have you thought about Dimarzio Area 58's or 61's? These supposedly have that single coil bite and chime. I'm thinking about these for a future project.

                     

                    If you must go noiseless, go dimarzio.   Of course there is kinman, if you are rich.

                     

                    Personally, the closest thing I have used for that Gilmour 70's tone are Tex Mex's.  Can be had for a dime and are really good pickups.  Good for an alder strat, not so much ash.


                • #10
                  i'm actually looking at a set of the Hot Noiseless to replace my Texas Specials. the specials are good, but not the sound i'm after. can anyone describe or give me names of who plays with the hot noiseless? other than J Beck. can the hot noiseless get that Comfortably Numb solo tone?

                  thanks,
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                  • #11
                    wasnt that using P-90s?
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                    • #12
                      wasnt that using P-90s?


                      The "vocal" line was. The first solo and the rhythm tracks are all Strat.
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                      • #13
                        I had vintage noiseless pickups in my strat and got rid of them for a set of stephens design mojo pickups. ive never tried the hot noiseless pickups tho.
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                          You won't ever get their studio sound 100% but Gilmore's live sound is quite amazing too. EDIT: Also check out his Tele Tone in this performance with Paul McCartney


                          Well, that's kind of the tone I'm looking. Definitely that for the dirty stuff. But as for the clean I'm really hooked on the solo from Another Brick in the Wall. That's the tone I'm really after. So would the Grey Bottoms be for me?
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                          • #15
                            I love my 2000 American Deluxe Strat with Vintage Noiseless pickups.
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