#1
It's common knowledge that single coils produce an annoying hum when used at high volumes or with a good amount of gain. But honestly, after watching numerous videos of telecasters and strats that use a healthy amount of gain, I don't really hear it. I PM as many YouTuber's as I can, and the ones that do reply say they found no need for a gain. A friend of mine just got a Digitech Hardwire SC-2 and with the gain maxed, he says he has no noise problems.

So what's up?
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#2
with a properly sheilded guitar single coils will make justa tab bit of noise

but can easily be managed unles you have shitty wiring and use a TON of gain
#3
noisy enough to be somewhat annoying, not noisy enough to debilitate playing
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#4
i dont know why this comes up so much, but for a quick background on me, i have gone through 10 or so MIM strats and 2 MIM teles, they all came from trades and i ownly own one strat.

some were worse than others, as stated shielding is a very important, quality of cable, and not going too crazy on gain.

the one i have now is a '95, completely unmodified. i know i will keep probably forever. i can't even really hear much hum this guitar is, very quiet. now some of the others were similar but not quite as good and i had at least four or five that were unplayable IMO without a noise gate. i shielded them and it got quite a bit better.

in short:
they vary. i dont know if it is that some years were better or what, and am not really a fender player, i just need to have something with usable single coils (other than my RG)

i wouldn't worry about it all that much, worst case scenario you need a noise reduction pedal, rocktron has a noise reducer that is cheap. it is the Hush i believe. again it is cheap and all it does is eliminate hum from guitars/pickups.
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#5
I've got to be a rare breed, but I actually enjoy hum I use P90s, which are notorious for excessive hum, but I find that with a touch of reverb, the hum sounds really cool and sort of fills out my tone.
#6
Play in a room with no other electrical equipment and a guitar that's fully shielded and use high quality cables and you'll hear only a tiny trace of hum.

Play in a room with neon signs, computers, mobile phones, use cheap cables and a guitar with no shielding and you'll struggle to get anything out of the guitar other than constant noise.

All depends where you are and what exact gear you're talking about.
#7
modern single coils aren't hugely noisy. they're certainly louder than a good, modern humbucker, but they really aren't noisy enough to avoid them or even worry about it really

vintage single coils though, those are loud as all hell. older single coils, especially those from before 1970, were incredibly loud and difficult to control. that's a big part of why humbuckers were invented.
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It's common knowledge that single coils produce an annoying hum when used at high volumes or with a good amount of gain. But honestly, after watching numerous videos of telecasters and strats that use a healthy amount of gain, I don't really hear it. I PM as many YouTuber's as I can, and the ones that do reply say they found no need for a gain. A friend of mine just got a Digitech Hardwire SC-2 and with the gain maxed, he says he has no noise problems.

So what's up?

Do this: Quieting the Beast, Shielding a Strat

Shielding makes the hum a bit more manageable. SCs from the Strat and Tele through high gain amps are so delicious ... nothing like cranking them through the SLO or VH4 or Twin Jet or Herbert with the Gain almost maxed!

#9
My Texas Specials are fairly noisy when I have the gain at about 6 on the amp and am using an overdrive pedal, but it's nothing that would really take away from playing tbh. If you're worried about noise you could always get noiseless single coils
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#10
What I've always used as a rule of thumb is that the hum shouldn't be so loud as to impair hearing what you play. If you hear the hum over your playing, something is wrong.
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#11
Completely depends on the pickups and the guitar itself.
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#12
Shielding, grounding, good noisegate. 3 sollutions to help you forget worrying about SC noise.
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My Texas Specials are fairly noisy when I have the gain at about 6 on the amp and am using an overdrive pedal, but it's nothing that would really take away from playing tbh. If you're worried about noise you could always get noiseless single coils

Funny, my Texas Specials are just really slightly noisier than the humbucker in the Strat.
Can't hear any noise despite the noise the preamp of my amp makes, even on the highest gain settings.

However, when I tried a Marshall Haze for example, the noise on that one was really annoying.
I think it also has to do a lot with the noise floor of the amp you are using.
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