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STW's answer links to a Faraday cage (+1 for that!). I just wanted to explain that in a guitar context. It's a kind of wrapper in which your hum-sensitive gear (coils) go. The screening on guitar cables is effectively a faraday cage: The earth wire is a 'tube' of copper sheath around the signal wire, with an insulator between. That is: The earth wire acts ...


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If your noise changed, then either your equipment or environment changed. Your connection could be considered either, depending on it's role. It could be adding noise itself, or it could have changed the voltage your pickups are operating at and increased their sensitivity. Messing with the volume control could help identify a line voltage issue. Your ...


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This sounds perfectly normal; humbuckers get their name because they "buck the hum", the hum being electrical interference which the coils are picking up like an antenna. A humbucker is effectively two single coils configured to cancel out the interference from each other. The exact noise you'll hear can vary quite a bit depending on the building's wiring ...


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You are experiencing electrical interference from one or more external sources. Single-coil pickups are particularly sensitive to this. For instance, are you using the guitar in front of a computer with an old-style cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor? Are you playing in a room illuminated by flourescent tube lighting? You may need to play your guitar in a room ...


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Hmm sounds like possibly you could have a bad pickup? I've had some guitars have great sounding positions, and just one bad one. Usually it was always down to just the pickup itself. I have to ask how old is your Tele? Vintage or new? Also do you happen to know if your pickup pole pieces are Alnico or Ceramic? This can also help to know what could be going ...


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Yes, in the old days all three strat pickups would have been the same, wound on a simple machine. As tastes progressed it became fairly common to buy an add on bridge pickup with more windings, for a higher level and "heavier" tone, or even a humbucker - but the neck and middle tend not to be different in construction. However there's one thing in your ...


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Suggestion - try testing the guitar with a capo on the first fret. If the problem goes away, then I suggest the problem is just a badly cut nut or poor break angle.


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I think the (only?) safe way to go here is to shell out another couple of bucks and buy a guitar to iPhone interface, so that you can connect the high impedance input of the guitar to the iPhone which, in turn, will act as an amplifier simulator and output the processed signal to the speakers. The IK iRig is pretty cheap, but not the only choice: ...



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