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    Say it ain't so...

    I'm an old Gibson guy, so when I got my first Fender guitar - a Duo Sonic (dual single coil pickups) last week I was excited with thoughts of Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards. BUT I was surprised to hear a high hiss produced when I turned up the volume knob on the guitar. Fender tells me this is "natural" for single coil pickups. Really? I'm used to being able to crank my ES335 all the way up without hiss. OK - so I deal with it. Please, what are the fixes and work arounds?

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    Re: Say it ain't so...

    Only one......noiseless pickups. There are several brands available, DiMarzio's are my personal favorite. A stand-alone noise gate pedal may help. My Zoom G1X amp simulator has such a function.
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    Re: Say it ain't so...

    eh, good enough for Hendrix, Beck, Clapton, Page (yes, he did play some), Knopfler, Gilmour (yeah, I know he migrated to EMGs) Blackmore, Hank Marvin and countless of others. But, yes, it's the nature of the beast.
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    Re: Say it ain't so...

    Not as much a problem as it used to be, but single coils hate neon!
    Light dimmers are another source of noise.

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    Re: Say it ain't so...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Moore View Post
    Not as much a problem as it used to be, but single coils hate neon!
    Light dimmers are another source of noise.
    +1

    Also video games, TV's, ceiling fans, A/C compressors, etc.
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    Re: Say it ain't so...

    Play loud enough and the hum won’t be an issue

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    Re: Say it ain't so...

    Quote Originally Posted by S. Cane View Post
    Play loud enough and the hum won’t be an issue
    and there you have it
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