General Telecaster Noise Question

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  1. LutherBurger

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    That kind of hum can be caused by a poorly shielded cable.
     
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    Hums every which position equally
     
  3. Nick Fanis

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    The American pro telecaster has RWRP pickups.
    It should be DEAD QUIET in the middle position so your guitar has a grounding problem.
    Fix it.
     
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  4. David Meiland

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    Copper shielding made a lot of difference for me. The back of the pickguard has foil on it as well. 2020_04_05 (6).jpg Also did my Strat.
     
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    Thanks for the pick! Looks really pro! Glad I saw this before my copper arrived for inspo.
     
  6. Maguchi

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    Yeah, it shouldn't be that noisy. I have 2 Am. Pro Tele 1s and and you can barely hear a little noise when it is silent. I'm guessing there might be some electronic issues. After your "authorized repair shop" traces and fixes the problem under warranty, you can always shield the control cavities for even quieter operation. Good luck!

    Tele Cntrl Cvty.jpg
     
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    Nice work! Looks much better than mine.
     
  8. Dano-caster

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    Have you guys got 60 Hz hum or 50 Hz hum? Is there a difference? Just asking...
     
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    I served under a General Telecaster.
     
  10. Boreas

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    It would need to be grounded somehow to be effective. There seems to be a glob of solder or something near the control plate, but I see no wires.
     
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    About 10 Hz!! :lol:

    In the US it is usually it is going to be 60 Hz.
     
  12. Dano-caster

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    I know that. The OP is in Australia init...
     
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  13. Maguchi

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    Don't know for sure, but I would guess that 50 cycle hum and 60 cycle hum are pretty much the same thing. The hum from alternating current in electric wiring, appliances and florescent lighting etc.
     
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    oops
     
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    O I C. It would be 50 Hz there.
     
  16. thankyouguitar

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    Though the cable isn't the issue in my case, were it the cable I imagine it would hum at all volume settings.

    Might I propose the volume pot as the culprit?
     
  17. Dano-caster

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    Yeah if your good at soldering and desoldering you could bypass the volume or switch it with the tone control if they're the same values.While you are there look over the rest of the soldier joints real good...
     
  18. LutherBurger

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    Not necessarily. I've only experienced that problem once, with a cheap cable that came with a cheap guitar. I threw the cable away, and since then I've never had it with that guitar, nor any other.

    I don't fully understand the phenomenon, but it has something to do with the guitar's output impedance, which increases dramatically when you turn down the volume from 10.
     
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    Well that's a trip. Usually the "humbucking in the middle position" doesn't seem to work, but more noise? That's odd. Maybe check if they hooked it up backwards. The metal plate on the hot could cause noise. My favorite strat bridge pickup is a DiMarzio Fast Track I bought because my friend had the tele version and I loved it. I had to rout out my strat because the pickup is taller (.906") but the bridge hole on a tele is typically pretty deep. If you do that, do some checking first. It's a great Fender sound, loud, no hum.
     
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  20. schmee

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    The 3 way doesn't noise cancel like a Strat in 2 and 4.
    I find very often that Tele's are noisy. Does the noise improve when you touch the strings or hardware?
    Shield the guitar and it will be fine.
     
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