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  •   Guitar Wiring Question

    I have an American Strat that I am wiring like a tele, with a single coil (Texas Special) in the neck position and a humbucker (Seymour Duncan HB) in the bridge position. No middle pickup will be used. I also have 1 volume and 1 tone knob with a 3-way switch. The front position is neck only, middle is both pu's and back is bridge only.

    I followed the tele wiring design from this link but there is a hum that will not go away. I believe that the tele must have some type of phasing rule, that I am not aware of because I tried many wiring combinations, even re-wiring the output jack in reverse.

    Please help!!
  • Ricks Answer to - Guitar Wiring Question

    First thing Tim is to check your ground wire to the bridge. If that is OK then I would say it is the single coil pickup at the neck. I love the SD pickups but, the single coil from SD are very noisy. They have in my opinion about the best sound of all single coils but they are noisy. They generally have more windings and this creates more resistance, therefore more noise. Himbucker pickups are nothing more than 2 single coils side by side one being wired clockwise and the other counter clockwise. This oposite winding cancels the hum from the single coils. But those sweetest sounds come from the single coils and most players will suffer the noise in order to keep the single coil sweet tones.

    Many players will get a noise filter rack unit as so do I. I use a Hush unit and filter out the noise and still keep those great tones. We have sought ways of making single coils quieter for many years but the less noise also lessens the sweet tones. That is because the principal of the way the pickup works is based on EMI, or electro magnetic interference. The coil and the magnetic field causes this and that interference is very unwanted noise. However the EMI is the basis on which it works. You kill the EMI and you kill the pickup and its best tones.

    The best solution is to keep the tones and then filter out the trash. I might add also that having 3 single coil pickups adds tremendous other tone advantages you cannot get from 2 pickups. A good ground and good shielding inside the guitar cavity will help this to some degree. Conductive graphite paint or copper tape lining will help to cut down on outside signal bleeding in. Also make sure that your pickup wire leads are twisted together in a tight spiral. The tighter they are twisted together the less noise you will have.

    You are working with a strong magnetic field and the twisted wires from the pickup in each individual pairs helps to cancel the noise injected into that field and into the wires. The sum total of all these little things will add up to help you. You won't get rid of all the noise but you can help it a lot.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar

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