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Old June 30th, 2015, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Vintage ES-125 & 60 cycle hum

Hey guys. I love my '52 ES-125 and '51 Fender Pro Amp combo. However, the 60 cycle hum is pretty stout with that old P-90 pickup. Obviously, some buzz is to be expected with single coils. What do you guys do to tame it a bit?

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Hi Dallasblues and welcome to Gibson talk. Tough question.....in the past I've shielded pickup and control cavities on my Fender single coils but with a hollow body, it's a bit more difficult. I've heard where some people will use copper shielding tape around the inside of the plastic housing and then wire the copper shield to ground. it may help alleviate some of the hum. P90's tend to have more hum than Fender single coils as they are hotter. My only P90 equipped guitar is a Melody maker and even after shielding, it still hums quite a bit. The other thing that a lot of people do is to buy a volume pedal and then turn the volume down between songs. Sorry I can't be of any more help. There are a few techs on here and they may have some suggestions. Good luck.
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If you're into changing the pickup, Chris Kinman makes a great sounding P-90 that is noiseless.

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If you're into changing the pickup, Chris Kinman makes a great sounding P-90 that is noiseless.

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Don't know if he wants to actually change anything on a vintage guitar. The copper shielding tape can be easily removed and the wire that connects it to ground can be mechanically attached to a pot.

Now, if it's a '52 reissue, then mod away!
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hmmm you say you are using a 1951 Fender Pro amp combo. does your plug in cord have a 3-prong plug in ? I have an old Gibson amp. when it was new, it had a "built in" polarity switch. if it started humming, you just reversed the polarity. nowadays, those switches are disconnected and a cord with 3 prongs are installed. of course, the 3rd prong is a ground. if you haven't already, you may want to change the old plug in cord. just a thought.

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Vintage ES-125 & 60 cycle hum

Usually the noise is a problem during intervals and that's what a noise gate is good for. I have a electro harmonix hum remover, more than noise gate, that works really well with noisy single coils.
I'm skeptical about shielding.

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Hey mandoman, welcome to Gibson Talk. Shielding will reduce quite a bit of the noise. However, I also have an EHX hum debugger that I picked up last fall and find it works great.
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And these are the reasons I've always shied away from P-90s.
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Yeah, me too. A lot of guys love them, but with our band's system we can't tolerate buzz so I avoid those beauties. I do have a Strat and a Tele wired with Kinman's so they are very quiet.
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