If I love telecasters will I hate one with noiseless pups?

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  1. wyattt

    wyattt Member

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    I love traditional telecasters. I like guitars with P90's. Not a huge fan of humbucker guitars for the style of music I play. Would I like a tele with noiseless pups?
     
  2. jjcolas

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    It all depends on the pickups. I highly recommend the Dimarzio Area T's or the David Allen Johnny Blades (I played a prototype set at NAMM). I would try to go with a noiseless set that doesn't use ceramic magnets and aren't wound super hot. The hotter they are in the noiseless world usually means that it's dull.
     
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    I was just going to post the very same question. I've got a down payment on an American Deluxe Tele w/ "samarium cobalt noiseless" pups. Sounded good in the (noisy) store the few times I tried it, but definitely sounded "different" than the Nocaster/'52 setups I'm accustomed to.
     
  4. 12StringStrat

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    Tough question. I've tried Kinman's, Samarium Cobalt, Area T's, Seymour Duncan blades, Noiseless, Lace Golds/Silvers/Hot Golds/etc and personally I can say that I don't like any of them. That's because they sound different from the Alnico 3 pickups in the 8502 telecasters. If I actually preferred Alnico 5 sounds, then maybe the noiseless style pups would be more on my radar.
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    if you don't mind the hum, then there's no reason to compromise (and noiseless solutions are always a compromise.) if you don't mind P-90 hum, then fender hum is nothing!

    the least compromise i've heard so far is with the dimarzio area pickups; the least least is a suhr with his hum-canceling system.
     
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    itll be nice, but it wont really sound like a trad tele
     
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    I have a tele with a stock noiseless in the neck position, and I think it sounds GREAT
     
  8. wyattt

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    Thanks for all the replies. The reason I asked (forgot to mention) is that a guy wants to trade me a fender fsr ash tele with vintage noiseless pups. I need to play I need to play one before I decided though. He's out of state.
     
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    I'm moving away from noiseless pickups after a few years of being with the DiMarzio Area/Virtual stuff. Not that they sound BAD, mind you, just feels like there's something missing.
     
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    I seriously hate hum and have found that I can work with noiseless PUs on my Strat. However the traditional telecaster sound is very specific - it has to be just so or it becomes something different, not necessarily bad but not a telecaster. i tried a couple of noiseless Tele PUs including Bill Lawrence but I ended up with a straight up 52 Reissue. I just try to pretend the hum isn't there :p
     
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    Find a used set of Bardens. I lusted after them for years, finally got a set, and was prepared to be let down because I had wanted some for so long. I wasn't. Not everyone likes them, but I do. To me they are like vintage Tele sound, with a little Gretsch Filter 'Tron (the hi-fi aspect of them) thrown in. And the absolute best Tele neck pickup I've ever heard, period.
     
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    AceBSpankin Prince of Ales Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    I have Bender Froadcaster with the Kinman broadcaster set and they Rawk!! I can get Don Rich/Twang and all kinds of Keef/Boss rock tones as well. I don't hear anything lacking in their tones, but YMMV!!! And their as quiet as my LP's Buckers!!!
     
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    Ck out Bill lawrence. I have a TN model in the neck of mine, very sweet
     
  14. wyattt

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    Sounds like I'd have to upgrade these pups regardless...
     
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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah, fender's own noiseless variations are not so great (guitar's a winner though).
     
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    +1 The Kinman Broadcasters are killer!
     
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    Some people split hairs to much IMO.

    My Dimarzio Virtual T equipped Tele... sounds like a freakin Tele. The custom Tele I'm having built right now will have Dimarzio Area T's in it. I didn't even consider other pickups, it was a foregone conclusion before I even placed the order for the guitar.

    If you use any appreciable gain, compression and other effects - and don't like hum it's a no brainer. If you don’t mind hum… that’s a different story.
     
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    I have Area T's in my tele and it absolutely sounds like a tele. I've owned a whole lot of boutique pickups and i don't feel like I'm missing anything with these. It's a very resonant swamp ash guitar - might have something to do with it.
     
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    I think you would enjoy the Bill Lawrence 280/290 set. The Bardens have their own sound but they are good. The Kinman Broadcaster set is also good but the Lawrence worked better for me and were priced a lot lower.
     
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    Dimarzio and Kinman sound pretty good for me...I don't like any of the noiseless "hot" tele pickups...I don't like the Fender SCN's at all. I don't even plug in guitars with those any more...I just play the guitar acoustically and if it rings good, I yank the pickup assembly and install Lollars. I can deal with the noise, it's a tele.
     

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