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Old November 28th, 2016, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Humming sound on my Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin?

Dear all,

I own a Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin.
Iím not completely sure, but I think since last time I changed the guitar strings, there is a louder humming then normally.
If the Toggle Switch is in the middle position there is absolutely no noice but in the upper and lower position I think there is a louder humming (canít remember ever noticed a humming beforeÖ). Cables and amp are probably ok. (Tried it with another guitar)

Do someone have any idea what Iíve could done wrong or what I could do?
Thank you very much and kind regards.

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Old November 28th, 2016, 05:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does it have P90 pickups on it? My LP Melody Maker has P90 pickups with one being RWRP. They are noiseless in the middle position but hum when they are individually turned on.

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Old November 28th, 2016, 08:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I was gonna say that?

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Old November 29th, 2016, 05:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi Infant and SAguitar,

Thanks for your response.
Unfortunately I'm not so familiar with the pick models.
Probably these are "57 Classic Nickel Humbucker". Here is the homepage of the guitar model:
http://www.gibson.com/Products/Elect...any-Satin.aspx

But maybe I fool myself, and it is as you said normal noice..

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Those are humbuckers and therefore should be fairly quiet. How close are you to the amp? Does the noise go away if you turn towards the amp or away from it? Are there dimmer switches on the same electrical circuit? Is the "drive" or "gain" channel on the amp turned on? Changing strings should not change the electrical characteristics of the actual guitar. Unless you removed the covers over the electronics and stuck something in there, there shouldn't be any difference. What kind of strings did you put on it (manufacturer and gauge)?

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Old December 11th, 2016, 09:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Iím about 3m (9 foot) away from the amp. The Position does not affect the noise. Gain is of.
On the circuit are probably no other devices/ dimmers than before.
As strings I use "Les Paul Pure Nickel Wound Light Gauge (10 Ė 46)"

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Old December 11th, 2016, 10:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Does the humming noise stop when you put your hand in contact with the strings or the bridge?
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Old March 3rd, 2017, 02:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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SAguitar my guitar Stop the noise when i put my hand over the strings. What is the problem?


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Old March 4th, 2017, 09:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hoshikawa,
As long as it isnt EXTREMELY loud, that is pretty normal on most guitars as your body helps to complete the grounding. My buddie's Rickenbacker bass has a fairly loud buzz to it when he takes his hands off of it. My old Telecaster is the same. Single coil pickups are much worse that humbuckers.

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Old March 4th, 2017, 09:24 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Jonn,
Distance doesn't matter so much at this point as actual "position" in relation to the amp. Sometimes I find that with my back to the amp, I get a little more buzz than if I rotate my body 45 or 90 degrees to the amp. I have a Strat that, depending on the venue, requires me to stand at about a 45 degree angle to the amp to eliminate the hum. Again, this happens more with single coil pickups and not so much with humbuckers.
Last year, my bass player and I each bought an EHX Hum Debugger and I was very surprised at how well it worked on our single coil pickup guitars. One venue we play has very old wiring and our guitars buzz like a nest of bees. The Hum Debugger silenced everything.
What you may want to do is bring your guitar to a music store and compare it with others similar guitars. Maybe you'll find its normal.

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