I bought G&L USA Custom ASAT Z3 last year based solely on YT reviews since I couldn't find one to test out. Also, I like G&L in general. My Z3 is quiet as long as my hand is on the string, otherwise it's louder than my other single-coils. This is especially true when I have my pedalboard on. It's not as quiet as my pickups with PAF style humbuckers. Is this normal?