#2
Get rid of it - go with single coil-sized humbuckers or "noiseless" pickups.

Quiet it down - shield and properly ground your Strat.
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#3
vintage noiseless pickups kick the crap out of american series and most others, but try a noise gate, grounding and try removing offending items from your playing space that cause the hum.
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#4
if you play that style of music you should welcome that hum. trust me its just something to work with, been playing with it for years but it does kind of add something to your shows.
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#5
It was explained to me sometimes it is brought on by neck/body shifting due to humidity/temp changes. So after a while whatever you are having problems with might go back to normal.
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It was explained to me sometimes it is brought on by neck/body shifting due to humidity/temp changes. So after a while whatever you are having problems with might go back to normal.

No.
if you play that style of music you should welcome that hum. trust me its just something to work with, been playing with it for years but it does kind of add something to your shows.

I'd love to hear this theory. What could extraneous electromagnetic interference do to "add" to a show?
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#7
the noise adds presence, intimacy and nostalgia. it feels like a live show and not a studio.
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It was explained to me sometimes it is brought on by neck/body shifting due to humidity/temp changes. So after a while whatever you are having problems with might go back to normal.


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like the dudes above said, get a gate or noiseless pups

isp decimator would be the way to go though imo
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#10
humbuckers are not an option here, as they have different tone. noiseless single coils or noise gate is the best quick solution, better to get shielding though.

also try using two pickups at once rather than 1, that helps me.


I am a strat owner myself, And I love the vintage noiseless (or hot noiseless pickups if you prefer) that came in my strat. they have balanced, classic strat tone with no noise, but I still get it from my amp and connectors, etc. don't go nuts, just try to mostly get rid of it since there is no way to 100% eliminate it.
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#11
i kinda agree about the 60 cycle hum 'adding' something. i once heard someone over at the guitargeek forums talking about how they spent ages looking for the right pickups for their tele, going through loads of them looking to get the right sound without the hum. they tried pretty much every noiseless pickup out there, but they all felt like something was missing. in the end, he realised that what was missing was that 60 cycle hum. and it all ended happily ever after and he just played pickups that sounded nice and didn't worry about the hum.
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i kinda agree about the 60 cycle hum 'adding' something. i once heard someone over at the guitargeek forums talking about how they spent ages looking for the right pickups for their tele, going through loads of them looking to get the right sound without the hum. they tried pretty much every noiseless pickup out there, but they all felt like something was missing. in the end, he realised that what was missing was that 60 cycle hum.




It's not that noiseless pickups sound worse because they lack hum, it's because they aren't true singlecoils, and thus don't sound like it.

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It's not that noiseless pickups sound worse because they lack hum, it's because they aren't true singlecoils, and thus don't sound like it.



i think you're missing the point. of course noiseless pickups don't sound like true single coils because they aren't, but besides that point, the 60 cycle hum is part of the appeal, or can be. noiseless pickups have a few things missing, and part of that is the hum. its perfectly reasonable that that hum is a part of the appeal. its one of those things that you think you don't like but when it goes you often miss it.
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#14
Can't agree with you. Besides, if your setup is too noisy from interference, it can sap your tone. If I'm in my room playing and I'm not getting any hum, I don't go sit next to my computer or find a bad outlet just to increase it
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#15
threadstarter, just try to shield your pickup cavity... which is basically covering the underside of the pickguard and the inside of the cavity with aluminum foil. this is the cheapest a (and least tone affecting) way to get rid of hum.
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i think you're missing the point. of course noiseless pickups don't sound like true single coils because they aren't, but besides that point, the 60 cycle hum is part of the appeal, or can be. noiseless pickups have a few things missing, and part of that is the hum. its perfectly reasonable that that hum is a part of the appeal. its one of those things that you think you don't like but when it goes you often miss it.


You don't hear the hum while you're playing anyway, so how can it add anything to the tone?

I've shielded all my (singlecoil) guitars, which has significantly silenced the hum. They don't sound better or worse than before, just quieter. If your theory was correct, they should now sound different (not as good).
#17
this is what I did:
I attached my strat's RWRP middle pickup onto the pickguard, so it wasn't picking up vibrations, and I just have my selector on the 2nd setting (neck and middle). I have never cared for the bridge or middle pickups of a strat, so I just sacrificed my middle pickup for reduced hum. It still gives you hum, just much less, so it still has all the single coil tone, but with less hum. It's really nice when you're someplace with alot of lights or things that cause hum, but when you're in a place where there's not, just switch on just the neck pickup.
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