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Fender Noiseless pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Kraig99, Jan 10, 2002.

  1. Does anybody know about or have any experience with these? Thanks.
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I tried a few Deluxe Jazz basses that had them & I didn't like them. I can't pinpoint the problem but it was missing something. The older Deluxe Jazz basses that had the pickups w/4 large poles, IMO, sounded much better. Both basses have the same pre amp installed.

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  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I had the same experience as Nino. I have two older Jazz Deluxe 5's with the single polepieces (which BTW made no noise) and really didn't see where they (Noiseless) were any kind of improvement. I was baffled by the name too, how do you make less noise than no noise?

    OTOH my new FMT has the noiseless pickups and an 18v preamp and it sounds great. Don't know which is the bigger factor, the pickups or the preamp.
  4. So are you not suggesting this pickup? I was thinking of having them installed in my Fender MMJB...my current ones are "stereophonic" or something like that from the mouth of the service tech...are they basically stacked humbuckers? Or are they wound differently so that they don't produce noise? Would it work with a passive/active system? Thank you!
  5. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I have an American JD5 with the dual pole piece noiseless pickups. I think they're fine. I can get traditional Jazz Bass tones from them (and the stock active preamp).
    But, for an after-market upgrade, I would look for something more special.
    The DiMarzio Ultra Jazz (DP149) pickup is a popular split humbucker.
  6. Are there any good, decently noiseless p/ups that are actual single coils? I love the single coil sound, and I'm gonna be getting a bass with humbuckers so I was a little bit more diverse sound...

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