Aesthetic diference between vintage noiseless and hot noiseless

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  1. Eugenio Gonzalez

    Eugenio Gonzalez Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi, I just bought a set of what the seller told me to be, vintage noiseless pickups, I'm changing the ceramics in my 2015 CAR RW fender mim. I don't do that myself yet, so i'm taking them to the tech...

    Doing some research I found that they look identical, at least to me, to the hot noiseless. Same pole's height, same wiring, and all. I want to know if there is a way to tell which type are they, before I install them...I know I'll hear the difference right away once instaled, but I wanna know before and I don't have a multimeter.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunny Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    There really isn't any aesthetic difference. The only way to know for sure is to do an ohms test on them and see what the DCR readings are. Hots are in the 10.4k range.
     
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    tinkertoy Strat-Talker

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    The hot ones will be warmer, duh!

    Any other questions?:D
     
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    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    But aren’t the normal vintage noiseless like 9-9.5k?
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunny Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I believe they are. I believe they have Alnico II magnets too whereas the Hots are ceramic but you can't see that in them by looking at them because of where the magnet is.
     
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    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    They look different. Vintage Noiseless has staggered pole pieces, hot noiseless do not .

    Vintage: great for quack and other cleans
    Hot: Less quack , great for overdriven tones.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunny Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I guess they do have the stagger. I didn't realize that they were/ Thank you for learnin' me.
     
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    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    You are welcome, glad to help.
     
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    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Vintage Noiseless generally came with aged yellowish covers, hot noiseless came with white/parchment covers.

    I have a set of the Vintage Noiseless.

    The Vintage Noiseless are already pretty darn hot to begin with. They go very well with dirt, and the cleans are good enough, with good quack etc.

    A buddy of mine used to have the Hot Noiseless and, at the time (10+ years ago) I found them to be too much for a Strat. IMO Vintage Noiseless are already a good enough compromise between vintage and modern. But this is an old impression and I don't know what I'd think today.

    Overall I think the VN are good pickups, and I like them.