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Old January 30th, 2013, 12:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do WRHBs normally hum?

I know this may sound like a trivial question, but it has been haunting
me for too long that, with much agonizing, I have decided to appeal to
collective wisdom...

Shortly after I purchased my tele, I fount out that the WRHB hums. The humming is much more noticeable than Gibson-style humbuckers, and even more so at high gain.

A couple o'weeks ago, I had a chance to try out an American made 72 thinline.
Both WRHBs hummed, at a volume close to mine.

And it seemed that Jimmy Vivino's reissue WHRB also hums quite a bit too.
(at 1:22, he lifted his hand, the WRHB let out a loud hum, and he muted the strings with a nervous laugh.)


So...Do YOUR WRHBs hum? How serious is it?
I need to know before this issue gets the best of me.
Thanks a million.

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Old January 30th, 2013, 12:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You have any dimmer switches in the house?
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Old January 30th, 2013, 12:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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it shouldn't. may just be a grounding issue.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 12:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The WRHB on my '74-ish Tele Custom is very quiet. No hum at all.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 01:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have WRHB's in both neck and bridge.. no hum for me either.

I'd check your grounding....
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Old January 30th, 2013, 01:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Agree with what others have said...if it disappears with touching the strings, bridge, jack, etc... it is a grounding problem.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 02:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Both my '72RIs bridge pickups are noiser than their WRHBs.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 02:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Mine do, at least more than any other HB.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 02:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Mine do, at least more than any other HB.
Have you tried fixing or improving it?
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Old January 30th, 2013, 02:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Is this with gain / dirt - or clean amp?
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Old January 30th, 2013, 03:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Is this with gain / dirt - or clean amp?
Just tried it today with a VOX AC-4 C1 tube amp, noticeable hum while clean
that went unbearably loud while cranked up.

With solid states, the outcome is pretty much the same. In addition, my WRHB hums louder than any Gibson-style humbucker I've compared it to.....
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Old January 30th, 2013, 04:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I read somewhere that the ground from the pickup switch to the output jack needs to be replaced.
I never knew there was such a ground wire. Still don't know if there is.

Mine makes a little noise, but not enough to worry about.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 01:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks for the feedback guys! I will have it regrounded.
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