Current state of strat noiseless pickups

CharAznable

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So I have a stock Am Std Strat that plays like butter and sounds great acoustically, but I've never really bonded with the stock pickups. Kind of bright and thin and f*cking noisy to the point that I'm not even moved to plug it in.

So I'm looking to maybe get a replacement pickguard with two noiseless singles and a bridge humbucker, which would presumably give me versatility closer to my PRSi.

What are the current best options that I should be considering?
 

Lespaulsignature 74

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I recently purchased a Fender Elite Strat SSH and it has the newest version of their noiseless pickups (Generation 4) and a Shawbucker Humbucker in the bridge. The N4's are "fat" sounding pickups, the output of the middle and neck pickups are 10.3K . They really sing when hit with OD ...However I find the Shawbucker to be too bright, I would prefer a more rounded hum !
 

CharAznable

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I recently purchased a Fender Elite Strat SSH and it has the newest version of their noiseless pickups (Generation 4) and a Shawbucker Humbucker in the bridge. The N4's are "fat" sounding pickups, the output of the middle and neck pickups are 10.3K . They really sing when hit with OD ...However I find the Shawbucker to be too bright, I would prefer a more rounded hum !
How's the clean tone in the neck and middle?
 

sub rosa

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So I have a stock Am Std Strat that plays like butter and sounds great acoustically, but I've never really bonded with the stock pickups. Kind of bright and thin and f*cking noisy to the point that I'm not even moved to plug it in.
Which generation American Standard? Do you know what pickups are in it currently?
 

sub rosa

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2010, should be Alnico V pickups
Same as mine then.

I whipped mine out for noiseless a couple of years ago, but not because of a tone thing.

Anyway, I went with Kinman Impersonator 56s, aka the “Knopfler” set, they sound really good in all positions.

A part of me wants to go back to non-noiseless though.
 

doublescale1

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Get the SSL1's and an Ilitch Backplate Silent Single Coil system - that's the exact recipe that I put in an EC Strat - it sounded amazing, the SSL1's are classic mid-to-late 50's single coils and the Backplate SSC lets them carry on in full fidelity without the hum. Best solution - best single coil tone. I have that SSC factory installed on a Suhr S-Classic, and a Cavity Single Coil System in the back of a 50's Tribute Les Paul w/stock Gibson P90's - they really work. Finally sold the EC strat it was a very heavy production model - the Suhr replaced it with a Demeter Pat Control pedal on my board.
 

Jarick

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I've tried practically everything and none of them stuck for long. Stacked coils sound dark and muffled especially in 2/4, blades can sound too hot or too thin.

If I were buying today, I'd look at the Fralin split blades and be ready to give up some of the traditional tone.

Otherwise as mentioned above, a set of SSL-1's with an Illitch system would be a good route to take.
 

The Opera Panther

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I just installed the Ilitch SSC system in my Strat. It’s great. I always liked the pickups in my Strat, but had real hum issues in my room. The SSC took away about 80% of the noise. The 1/3/5 positions are as quiet as the 2/4. I notice no difference in the tone of the guitar- I’ve had those pickups for a decade, and would notice a change.
 




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