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Do WRHBs normally hum?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by bigballs, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. bigballs

    bigballs Tele-Meister

    133
    Feb 12, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    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.
     
  2. Topbanana

    Topbanana Tele-Meister

    164
    Oct 3, 2011
    Walmart, Europa
    You have any dimmer switches in the house?
     
  3. indiobravo

    indiobravo Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    50
    Mar 14, 2009
    Raleigh NC
    it shouldn't. may just be a grounding issue.
     
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  5. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 4, 2007
    New Jersey
    The WRHB on my '74-ish Tele Custom is very quiet. No hum at all.
     
  6. Kitty

    Kitty Tele-Meister

    314
    Oct 11, 2012
    Space
    I have WRHB's in both neck and bridge.. no hum for me either.

    I'd check your grounding....
     
  7. HopDog

    HopDog Tele-Meister

    162
    Sep 7, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Agree with what others have said...if it disappears with touching the strings, bridge, jack, etc... it is a grounding problem.
     
  8. FredDairy

    FredDairy Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2007
    Chicagoland
    Both my '72RIs bridge pickups are noiser than their WRHBs.
     
  9. fender4life

    fender4life Friend of Leo's

    Sep 18, 2011
    los angeles
    Mine do, at least more than any other HB.
     
  10. bigballs

    bigballs Tele-Meister

    133
    Feb 12, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Have you tried fixing or improving it?
     
  11. telepath

    telepath Friend of Leo's

    Jun 26, 2009
    Wales, UK
    Is this with gain / dirt - or clean amp?
     
  12. bigballs

    bigballs Tele-Meister

    133
    Feb 12, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    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.....
     
  13. blimpo

    blimpo Tele-Meister

    492
    Mar 29, 2009
    southern indiana
    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.
     
  14. bigballs

    bigballs Tele-Meister

    133
    Feb 12, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Thanks for the feedback guys! I will have it regrounded.
     
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