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Noiseless single coils

What is your favourite noiseless single coil pickups

  • Fender Vintage Noiseless

  • Fender Hot Noiseless

  • Fender SCN

  • Lace Holy Grails

  • DiMarzio

  • Bill Lawrence

  • Kinman

  • Fralin

  • Fender N3

  • Other(please specify)


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CA$H FLOW

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I'm seriously thinking of making to move to noiseless single coil pups cause the 60 cycle hum is killing me.
What is your favourite and why ?
 
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I had Fender SCN in my strat for years. Just recently I swapped them out for Lollar Dirty Blondes, and I wish I had done it long ago. The SCNs were "fine", but you will be giving up some of that magic. The DiMarzios were my other choice - probably would have got those, but the SCN's were immediatly available and I'm a Fender geek.
 

9fingers

Silver Supporting Member
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Just to clarify, there are really no noisefree single coils - just some form of double coils in a single coil size.
That said, my favs are Barden S-Deluxe. All the bite of singles but "bigger".
DiMarzio Rails come in lots of flavors & are good also.
Bill Lawrence/Wilde is right up there too.

Then there is the Suhr/Illitch system - VERY good. You can use your real singles with that.
 

Joe Perry

Platinum Supporting Member
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I voted "other". I like the Areas (58,58,61) but you don't have sacrifice anymore. It's a little more up front but I recommend the Suhr BPSSC. Then you can use an.y vintage style SC. I have the built in system in three of my guitars. Some of the best money I've ever spent.
 

slider313

Gold Supporting Member
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8,268
I've had a few different versions of Dimarzio's and feel the Area 67 is as close as you're going to get to a single coil sound in a noiseless design. I have them straight across in my strat.
 

Luke V

Silver Supporting Member
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2,407
I said other because I'd rather deal with the noise over lack of tone.
 

Bikedude

Gold Supporting Member
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4,911
I like the SCN's in my Am Dlx Strat, but never liked the LS Golds in my Strat Plus. I've changed the LS out for some Kinman Blues AVn's, and they are very nice. I also like the set of EMG SA's in my 73 hardtail Strat, but they're comming out, to be replaced by the stock 73 fender pups.
 

bluesking55

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Tom Anderson Sa's are nice also.. depends on what flavor u r lookin for also.
More Vintage, the areas are nice. My sa's are somewhere in between. Also have a Tom Anderdson Sd in another strat, Im having a love hate thing with those
 

Guitar Dave T

Member
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10,720
I'm not voting because I haven't tried but two of the sets listed. But I like my Dimarzio Areas in a 60's Strat.
 

b3john

Member
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1,163
The Dimarzio Areas are sublime.

Honorable mention to EMG, I have a DG20 pickguard that does SOYCD/Pulse to a tee.

Just to clarify, there are really no noisefree single coils - just some form of double coils in a single coil size.
:huh

I see what you did there... :rotflmao

Then there is the Suhr/Illitch system - VERY good. You can use your real singles with that.
I was underwhelmed with the Suhr BPSCC with high output singlecoils (specifically the SD SSL-5) but a friend put it into a Strat with the JM Big Dippers and couldn't be happier. He did wind up having to source one non-RW/RP pickup...
 

CA$H FLOW

Member
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954
Wow, so the DiMarzio's are awesome. I was leaning towards the Kinman woodstock plus set, need to do some serious thinking and research.
 

CA$H FLOW

Member
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Which DiMarzio Areas for someone who sometimes uses high gain and wants a fat Hendrixy clean sound ?
 

wreckmark

Gold Supporting Member
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1,353
Tried many and ended up with Bardens in my 77 Strat. They sound awesome, but am selling the guitar because the neck is to slim for me these days...
It's in the Emporium right now~ ;)
 

Guitar Dave T

Member
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10,720
A point of clarity - while I love my Dimarzio Areas in a 60's style Strat, there is still some give and take. The neck pickup is slightly darker than I care for, especially with my D-style Omega amp, which really works best off brighter pickups.

The other down side to these and the Fender vintage noiseless (the other set of noiseless single coils I've tried from the list) is the position #2 and #4 on a 5-way switch don't give up nearly as much quack as with real single-coils for leads, and nowhere near the rich swirly cleans for rhythm. The Dimarzios do a much better job than the Fenders on both counts, but still not as good as real single coils.
 




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