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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / What's wrong with N3 Noiseless pickups



Feb 20th, 2016 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Any reason these don't seem to be very popular. Seems I've read this several times that these are not the preferred pickup.

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Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 20th, 2016 08:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

While I can't speak to the N3 pups, I've resisted mounting noiseless pups in my guitars even though folks like Don Lace sent me a couple pairs back in the day. Strats and Teles are meant to be a little noisy so I tend to stick to old school pups on mine.

But guys like Clapner and a few other well known players would disagree.

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Subtropical Florida

Feb 20th, 2016 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I never was inclined to use noiseless pickups until I quit gigging and moved into my current place that has a noise halo from hell. I haven't tried the N3 pickups but put Wilde Noisefree pups in my Tele and one Strat. They retain the Fender goodness and make recording possible.

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It's all gravy from here on...
Feb 21st, 2016 04:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

N3's are OK. I have them in a MIM Tele and a Clapton Strat. They are a "smoother" sounding pup to my ear. They don't have that "raw", "in your face tone" of a traditional pup. Some "brightness" is missing or you could say N3's are a tad "darker". Not bad, just different and they do get pretty darn close. And of course, they are quiet.



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Feb 22nd, 2016 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nothing inherently wrong with them. Some people just don't like noiseless pickups and likely never will. Different strokes.

I've got a Tele with the N3's, and I like them just fine. I have thought about replacing one or both of them with "traditional" Tele pickups, not because I don't like the N3's, but just because I don't know how to leave well enough alone, like a lot of us around here.

Mick Reid
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Feb 22nd, 2016 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Nothing inherently wrong with them. Some people just don't like noiseless pickups and likely never will."

I haven't played N3's but I'm a big Lace Sensor fan.
I've been using LS since 2011 because the house we bought had noisy electrical.

We've since sold the house, but I've continued playing the LS's. I get everything I need out of them, clean or with overdrive.
I still have a bunch of single coils I could put back in but haven't bothered.

For me, the trick was been finding the right combination of LS models for the position (N/M/B) which I believe I have.


Way Out East

Feb 23rd, 2016 05:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fender did a total remake of the noiseless pickup, now N4, introduced in the new Elite series. Apparently, they thought the old ones could be improved on.
When I tried the N3's, I thought they were a bit lifeless, somehow flat, one-dimensional and lacking bite.

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