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Old 09-14-2013, 09:15 AM   #1
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Good pickups with low hum?

I have an Yamaha RGX520 and I'm thinking of buying some new humbucker pickups..
I play mostly modern metal (drop d somethimes lower) and some classic rock. I need some good pickups but with very low background noise/hum.
Should I buy some medium or vintage output ones maybe? What do you recommend?
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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Most humbuckers are pretty quiet.
EMGs are about as quiet as it goes.
Some more information about what kind of tone you exactly want to achieve and what you're playing through would be needed though.
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:36 AM   #3
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It's more than likely that the "hum" is from your amp or distortion pedal...
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:43 AM   #4
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Well, I'm aiming for something like Machine Head, Fear Factory, Trivium etc
I'm curently using a Peavey Bandit 112, a POD floor pod plus and some overdrives and distortions MetalZone...
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:48 AM   #5
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The hum is definitely from the guitar/pickups. I've tried like 5 different amps.
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:55 AM   #6
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Have you tried the guitar and amp with no pedals in the chain?
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Yes I have.. Same thing.
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Yes I have.. Same thing.

Just checking, lots of people complain about the same things as you and it is the pedal chain that is the major problem.

Have you tried using the Noise gate on the POD at all?
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Yes I have. It has to be very low in order for me to have no hum but that way it has no sustain.
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:25 AM   #10
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Well, for that sort of tones you might want to try a Duncan Distortion, Invader, Dimarzio D-Activator or Dominion.
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:26 AM   #11
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what is you budget for pickups and where are you located?

GFS pickups are really nice and average $30 each VS $70+ for other makers. The Fat Pat, VEH are really nice and fit what you are describing. I have several guitars with GFS pickups and they will keep up with Duncan and Dimarzio
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It's about 130 ($180 i think) for bridge+neck.
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Well, for that sort of tones you might want to try a Duncan Distortion, Invader, Dimarzio D-Activator or Dominion.


Thanks.. I'll have a look at those
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:03 AM   #14
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It's about 130 ($180 i think) for bridge+neck.

well in EU GFS is not the best option. Dimarzio or Duncan should be good to go
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