Just do me a favor and do a good shielding job. I have no idea why Fender doesn't simply put $8 worth of effort into shielding top shelf guitars when they know very well it is a central issue with the Strat and Tele.
I'm all for the noise if you're talking about rock and roll. It's part of the attitude and noiseless single coils sound polite to me. For other types of music where you want single coil tone I see no reason why not to have noiseless. Sometimes I will purposely turn the guitar into the noise of the pickup..but it's just a preference. Noise is like glue for the sound.
Once I had my teles and strats properly shielded I didn't think the noise was bad at all. For Higher gain I'm a big fan of the rw/rp combined settings
I think it's rubbish that "the noise is part of the sound" but I think of it as similar to the old vinyl albums - hearing the music on CD or just an unused LP when I'd been conditioned to like it with all known noise and scratches could be downright unnerving the first times