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Kinman Noiseless Strat pickups?

Vics53

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Anyone using Kinman Noiseless pickups in their Strat? I listened to a demo on YouTube of the Impersonator '54 set and was very impressed.
However, I can't seem to find much info about these on Kinman's site. Can't see them and can't find any specs on them or with any of their other noiseless sets. Having trouble finding a dealer as well.

Any info would help. Thanks for your time.
 

Old dude 70

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I have an avn blues set in my hacked up 58 strat, I like them a lot and have no plans to change them

ive had them since maybe 94 ish, got them locally but a while back they stopped distrib in us dealers, theyre from Australia

I believe you can still get them by mail

they have what I would describe as a slightly darker twangy feel, sound great in all positions so you still get the quack, silent, still very open and natural
 

Vics53

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Thanks guys. So, no US dealers? That explains why I couldn't find one.

Old Dude, Sounds like the set you have is along the lines of what I'm looking for. Don't want that "ice pick" treble especially from the bridge pickup.
 

El Gringo

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I just had a set of Fishman Fluence Pickups installed on a Strat of mine and haven't played them yet . They are active and they offer the traditional clean sound , plus with the push pull pots you get a hotter sound . I will find out soon enough if I like them . The reason why I tried this set up is that I get the super clean and quiet passive tone , and with the push pull activated I get an active hotter "overdrive " sound . The beauty part is that the guitar is not hacked up for a 9 volt battery and the guitar remains stock as the back plate has a USB charging port with a Lithium ion battery in the back plate and is billed as giving you 50 hours of playtime before having to recharge .
 

Señor Verde

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I've had a variety of Kinman pickups in Strats and Teles. They sound really good for noiseless, but seems like there's frequencies missing. I recently installed an Ilitch pickguard on my hardtail Warmoth Strat and so far I like it. The single coils in the guitar are not as noiseless as KInmans, but I'd say they are about as noisy as my humbuckers.
 

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I've been listening to many video's on YouTube and it's hard trying to make a choice. So many variables when folks make recordings. I'll listen to a few different video's of the same pickups with varying results. I'll think "oh, yeah!" on one video but in the next video (with the same pickups) it's "oh, no! Too ice picky."

I heard one video in particular for the PRS SE Silver Sky that I really liked. If I could have grabbed that sound I would have done it in a heartbeat. Beautiful full, clear sound with a very pleasing top end when played clean or with gain. Funny thing is that the guy reviewing the guitar said he didn't care for the sound where I loved it.

The search continues.
 

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I'll tell ya, each to their own but the more I listen to demo's of the SE Silver Sky the more I like it. Found a few video's where they compare the SS to a comparable Strat and I like the fuller sound of the SS. It sound's like a Strat to me but a bit fuller and defiantly doesn't have those ice pick highs. Found some reviews where they checked the pickups readings and all three pickups read around 7.27 K Ohms. Knowing that might help me in making a decision as to what pickups I'm trying to find.
 

Old dude 70

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Thanks guys. So, no US dealers? That explains why I couldn't find one.

Old Dude, Sounds like the set you have is along the lines of what I'm looking for. Don't want that "ice pick" treble especially from the bridge pickup.
Then you‘ll like the avn blues set, bridge pickup is outstanding
 

El Gringo

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I'll tell ya, each to their own but the more I listen to demo's of the SE Silver Sky the more I like it. Found a few video's where they compare the SS to a comparable Strat and I like the fuller sound of the SS. It sound's like a Strat to me but a bit fuller and defiantly doesn't have those ice pick highs. Found some reviews where they checked the pickups readings and all three pickups read around 7.27 K Ohms. Knowing that might help me in making a decision as to what pickups I'm trying to find.
So true
 

IMMUSICRULZ

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Kinman noiseless pickups are actually pretty good. But if I were to get a guitar with pickups I would prefer Seymour Duncan pickups.
 

Vics53

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Kinman noiseless pickups are actually pretty good. But if I were to get a guitar with pickups I would prefer Seymour Duncan pickups.
Those are under consideration as well as DiMarzio's. I'm considering the Virtual Vintage Blues for the bridge (7.5K Ohms) the Area 58 for the middle (6.15K Ohms) and the Area 67 (5.86K Ohms) for the neck. I don't like the idea of all 3 pickups having the same output because I find the bass response in the neck pickup is too much. Makes the bridge pickup sound weak in comparison.

As far as Seymour Duncan's I'm still investigating but they're not out of the question.
 
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