Originally Posted by TWISTEDSTRINGS
Out of curiosity, what did you put in there place ? I wish you had tried them so you could tell me how noiseless they really are ? I`v heard conflicting stories...
I've had another 5 string Deluxe with N3 Pickups. When compared to regular jazz pickups, these are comparatively noiseless. The pickups that are in my bass now are Aguilar 5J-60's which are not noiseless. There is hum when the blend knob favors the neck or bridge. There wasn't a discernible hum with the N3's. Was there other noise, possibly, but not relative to the hum canceling nature of those pickups.
This is My HUMBLE opinion (and I know there's now a few threads beating this topic to death), on the entire subject: People are attributing "noise" to the N3 pickups and not a multitude of other variables can have an affect on ground etc. I think the deluxe line of basses (similar to the Marcus Miller series) have an extremely hot 18v preamp that yields a range of very bright tones, and under certain circumstances exemplify unwanted sounds. I don't personally think that Fender is misrepresenting it's products, or skimping on shielding etc. I just think the company celebrates a long history of really bright instruments and the quirks and characteristics associated with it.
I actually think Sterling Ball touches on that history here (l'm aware it has very little to do with N3 pickups, but interesting none-the-less): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj6UCkc73DE