+1 on all counts. Once you get used to their nuances, you can get VN's to sound great, especially when you turn up some boost and don't hear the familiar hum!just a tad, but it will be worth it if you can't take the noise. the dimarzio area's are a great choice too.
I'm not sure I agree with this except for P90's. Those are un-replicatable. It is true though, true SC's are still around.Okay, I guess I'm devil's advocate here. But I've tried noiseless singles over the years (Kinman, Dimarzio Areas, Fender, etc.) and I've yet to hear any that are as good as the better true single coils. Close, but not all the way there. In fact, I'd submit that if that were not the case, vintage style singles would be obsolete, and clearly they're not.
All that said, it all depends on what YOU want out of them and to a large degree, how they'll be used, ie: what type of music and signal chain.
The one noiseless system that sounds the most promising, but I've yet to try, is the Suhr noise canceling back plate. I'd like to hear that one because sometimes the noise really is a factor. There are some venues I've played where I had to stay in the noise-canceling positions on my Fenders because the hum was horrendous.
Not just "still around", but the majority of Strat players still prefer them. For some players - Eric Clapton comes to mind - the lack of noise is more important than true single coil tone. But he also boosts the mids and uses a fair amount of gain, effectively moving his Strat away from classic Strat tone.I'm not sure I agree with this except for P90's. Those are un-replicatable. It is true though, true SC's are still around.
Bill makes the most unbelievable humbuckers in SC form.
L200 and if my memory is not wrong L298.
They are clean, but not sterile and with appropriate amps do wonders.