Fender Deluxe Strat Loaded Pickguard - N3 - S1 2011

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Loaded pickguard from a 2011 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster. Has the N3 noiseless Alnico pickups and the S-1 switching system. Has pic scratches from being played.

Here's a description of the pickups from a review:

According to Fender’s promotional material the N3 Noiseless pickup has an improved stacked-coil design and are specially tailored for each Stratocaster pickup position. It also represents a return to the warmth and clarity of Alnico magnets. Also the type of alnico magnets used is tailored to each specific pickup position. The bridge pickup uses Alnico V for power and warmth as well as the signature snap and spank of the classic Stratocaster bridge pickup. The middle N3 pickup uses Alnico II to give the pickup it’s signature sweetness and sparkle. The neck pickup uses Alnico III to give it it’s fullness without undue magnetic string pull.

First of all, the bridge pickup which Fender states uses the Alnico V magnet. It has spank, it has twang and it has absolutely no dreaded 60-cycle hum. It seems to have a lot more output power than the Vintage Noiseless pickups. It is also the first noiseless pickup that can pick up the 3rd fret harmonic. This is a very powerful bridge pickup and perfectly noiseless. It’s very close to an original single coil bridge pickup but it does have more of a growl to it.

The middle pickup definitely has the classic Fender Stratocaster middle pickup chime. The best way to describe it is that the middle pickup is balanced with the neck and bridge pickups. There isn’t a big drop-off in volume and attack when switching from the bridge pickup to the middle pickup and there isn’t a huge loss of warmth when switching from the neck pickup to the middle pickup. The middle pickup is just perfectly balanced tonally between the bridge and the neck pickups.

The neck pickup is close to perfection! It is warm, slightly rubbery sounding with a sweet muted attack. The pickup captures that true, classic neck pickup sound of the Fender Stratocaster. Again, like the bridge pickup, there is a slight growl to the sound that isn’t found on a classic single coil pickup. It’s completely hum free and it’s perfectly balanced with the middle and bridge pickups.

In summary, the new Fender Noiseless N3 Pickups are a wonderful addition to Fender’s pickup offerings. The sound isn’t as dark as the Samarium Cobalt pickups, they are much more powerful than the Vintage Noiseless pickups and they are much warmer and more true to the classic Fender sound than Lace Sensor pickups. If you’re looking for a Stratocaster that has an excellent set of factory installed pickups then look no further than the Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster N3 Noiseless pickups.

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Condition:
Very Good (Used)
Brand
Fender
Model
Deluxe Strat Loaded Pickguard - N3 - S1
Categories
Pickguards
Year
2011
Made In
United States

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