I bought a used USA strat, '03 neck and appears to have been painted. sounds nothing like a 2013 strat I have with fat 50 pickups. How can I identify what pickups it has? The fat 50's sound better but have a way more hum than the older strat. possibly noiseless pickups? I don't know what identifiable characteristics to look for.
i think the fat 50s are fairly recently- if it's an all-2003 strat i don't think it would've had fat 50s anyway (though not noiseless either).

are there any markings on the pickup front? how about the back?

some people find it hilarious to sell a guitar with swapped cheapo pickups.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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