Originally Posted by AcquiredTaste
This makes me terribly sad as I have SCNs in my tele and LOVE them. I understand why they didn't take off, but for someone who is regularly gigging, they are perfect. I personally can't stand single coil hiss, and never got along with it. These fixed that problem while keeping intact a great tele tone. I also wired up a no-load tone pot with them and completely recommend that.
Although guitar tone has always been a "Your Mileage May Vary" situation. For the indie rock kinda of tones I play these were perfect; for authentic bluesy tones, I probably would have chosen something else.
I never really noticed any single coil hum with the original Squier pickups that were in this strat, but back then I was only playing it through the practice amp that came with the guitar (a Champ 50 15w with a 5" speaker).
I don't know about the "No Load" tone pot, but I've been strongly thinking about doing the Greasebucket
tone mod. This comes stock on some strats now, and I'd like to give it a shot, especially if I can get the resistors and capacitors as cheaply as I got the .22 µF and .022 µF. The pursuit for crystal clear Strat tone never ends. Like I mentioned, I gotta change out the gritty, old, stock Alpha 500kΩ pots with some new ones, hopefully CTS ones if I can get them. Haven't decided if I'm going to use 250kΩ or 500kΩ for the tone pots, but I am probably going to go with 1mΩ for the volume.
In any case, I've kind of given up on coil tapping or series/parallel switching for this strat. I'm going to keep it in traditional Strat wiring, with traditional 5-way switching (and the phase reversal for middle pickup switch).