#1
My pickups squeal a lot when I have no gain and a compressor on, or mid-high gain and it's bothersome

I'm upgrading my guitar soon but I'm gonna use this one still for heavier music(has humbuckers)

So I guess my question is; is there anyway I can eliminate squeal? I'm not too close to my amp, and it increases when my hand is infront of the current pickup

Oh and I'm getting a bigger and louder amp, tube amp, and I don't want to spoil the legendary tone
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#2
What pickups are you talking about?

Sounds like the pickups could be microphonic, and the compressor is picking up and raising the squealing signal.
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What pickups are you talking about?

Sounds like the pickups could be microphonic, and the compressor is picking up and raising the squealing signal.


+1

A compressor pretty much levels everything out so your playing is smooth and even. Its picking up the squeal from your pickup and trying to mix it in with the notes that you're playing.
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So I guess my question is; is there anyway I can eliminate squeal? I'm not too close to my amp, and it increases when my hand is infront of the current pickup


If you get even more squeal when your hand is in front of the amp... maybe you should check your blood iron... haha... your iron intake could be a little high.

OK honestly... are you wearing one of those health magnetic bracelets? What about rings?

Potting pickups is the only solution to solving pickup squeal.

If you pickups are aftermarket pickups they tend to come potted... but if they are stock... I think it might be worth considering trying to pot them for fun (if you can get the tools and paraffin wax). Otherwise, its a good opportunity for you to consider upgrading your pickups. I personally don't find stock pickups to be great... unless its a Gibson, Taylor, PRS... or most Fender.
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I personally don't find stock pickups to be great... unless its a Gibson, Taylor, PRS... or most Fender.


Gibson's stock pickups are okay, at best. When you're buying a guitar that already has them then they aren't bad. But for the price of buying them to put into a guitar you're better off going with something hand-wound like Bareknuckles because they're practically the same price.
#6
I have no jewlery on at all, and it happens even with my compressor off.

They are stock pickups, and I think they're potted

I'm pretty sure they're microphonic because they tend to pick up my ringtone when my phones in my pcket.

It's just quite obnoxious and sorry it took forever to at back I got lost in the pit...
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I'm pretty sure they're microphonic because they tend to pick up my ringtone when my phones in my pcket.



That happens with any pickups because cell phones are poorly shielded (due to the fact that if they had stronger shielding you they wouldn't pick up any signal).
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That happens with any pickups because cell phones are poorly shielded (due to the fact that if they had stronger shielding you they wouldn't pick up any signal).


What about music from my iPod?

Lol. I there any way to temporarily fix the squeal? I'll upgrade my pups soon, after the guitar and amp upgrade, but I just wanna see if it's possible to fix it
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#9
Pot them. Not too difficult to do-there's bound to be a tutorial on the net somewhere.
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Pot them. Not too difficult to do-there's bound to be a tutorial on the net somewhere.


I can't tell if they are potted, are mine not?

I'll be back when I find a tut
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#11
If its not the pickups, what kinda cable are you using? If its a crappy thin cable that may be the problem. Otherwise yah go ahead and try potting the pickups.
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#12
I think I have a planet waves cable or something. It's pretty good quality cost like 20$.

I don't think I'm gonna pot them yet. Maybe when I change strings next, or just bite the bullet and drop the duncans I want in it
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I think I have a planet waves cable or something. It's pretty good quality cost like 20$.

I don't think I'm gonna pot them yet. Maybe when I change strings next, or just bite the bullet and drop the duncans I want in it


Before you change the pickups what amp and effects (if any) are you using?
#14
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I think I have a planet waves cable or something. It's pretty good quality cost like 20$.

I don't think I'm gonna pot them yet. Maybe when I change strings next, or just bite the bullet and drop the duncans I want in it


I think you're better off just changing the pickups to be honest.

Potting seems like an easy procedure... but it is not.

You're dealing with paraffin wax that's practically boiling.

Leave your pickups in too long and the bobbins could literally fall right off. Leave them in for too short a period of time and you'll still encounter the whole squealing issue.

Just read up on EVH's experience on potting pickups, I believe he destroyed more than just a few pickups learning to pot them correctly.

In addition, the wax is not just simple paraffin wax. I believe many pickup makers have a specific mixture of wax and something else they use. The maker of WCR spent a few years getting his potting mixture correct. Plus, after you pot the stock pickups, its not like its gonna fetch you more on the used market.
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^there's a shellac potting tutorial in the tutorial thread. Heatless potting.
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