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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / N4 NOISELESS™ PICKUPS Introduced at NAMM



Jan 25th, 2016 08:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hello All. If i understand correctly Fender released N4 NOISELESS™ PICKUPS in some of the 2016 Strats. Question. Have they actually hit the street? Has any one played them. The reason i ask is I have a Clapton Strat with N3 NOISELESS™ PICKUPS and I am interested to see if people think there is a differance.

Thank you




Happiness is a warm tube amp
Jan 26th, 2016 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi Pep, and welcome!

If your Clapton Strat is stock, it should have the "Vintage Noiseless" pickups, which were the first generation of noiseless pickups offered by Fender.

The N3 pickups were/are stock on American Deluxe series guitars made within the last few years. There were also the "SCN" Samarium Cobalt noiseless units between the VN and N3. Confusing, right?

Not sure how much difference there will be between the Vintage Noiseless (or the N3 for that matter) and the N4's. To hear Fender tell it, the N4's are the end-all, be-all (which is what they say every time they release a new version).

The N4's are stock in the new American Elite series guitars, and they have already "hit the street". You can probably already find some videos on the web if you search Fender American Elite.

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Jan 27th, 2016 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

I still can't tell the difference between Hot VN's, Hot SCN's and Hot N3's.

I have all of these pups in different Am Dlx HSS Strats and they all sound the same to me.

Modal Magic
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Apr 29th, 2016 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I recently played a couple of Elite Strats and the N4s sounded really good. I would love to play them through my amps in direct comparison to vintage style and N3 pups in my collection to have an accurate assessment but in isolation they certainly do have vintage attributes.

Saying that, I'm a fan of N3s and it's nice to have an alternative to pure vintage tones (although they are close but more modern sounding).

L. Nedmundo


May 3rd, 2016 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've tested two Elites, one SSS and one HSS. They do sound very good, and I agree with Modal Magic about how they sound relatively traditional in isolation. But when I tested the HSS, I did an A/B comparison with an American Standard, which shows that the N4 pickups don't have the same life and punch as pure singles. No surprise there, really. Overall they sound great and many players will probably love them.


Kansas, USA

Jul 24th, 2016 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Can you 'see' a difference between the appearance of the N3s and the N4s from the top of guitar?

I am buying a used Strat Elite with a SN of US15... and want to be sure the pups are N4s.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Jul 24th, 2016 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm pretty sure the SCNs have flatter tops on the mag slugs. The originals have more of a chamfer on 'em.


Kansas, USA

Jul 26th, 2016 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have the Strat Elite now. the pole pieces are flat... almost no chamfer at all.

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