Noiseless ‘Noisy” Pickups

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  1. Craig Long

    Craig Long TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Two of my Telecasters act as backups for one another and have the same pickups installed - a SD Vintage Stack in the neck and a SD Little ‘59 in the bridge. The first of the two (American Standard) has traditional wiring and is perfectly silent, even in noisy venues. The second Tele incorporates a series/parallel button and has a treble-bleed circuit (American Deluxe) and is unreasonably noisy. I’ve checked The solder connections, had a skilled tech do the same, and neither of us have been able to determine why the second Tele is so susceptible to noisy environments. Why would one guitar be noisy and not the other? Any thoughts or recommendations as to the potential cause?
     
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  2. Jakedog

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    Consult another tech. Either it’s not wired correctly, or it has some bad components. There is no inherent reason for that guitar to make any noise.
     
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  3. Jakedog

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    As far as suggestions- if it were my guitar, and I’d tried everything to trace it down with no luck, I’d gut it completely. I’d take each pickup, and test it in a separate guitar. If they’re noiseless there, they aren’t the problem. If they are noisy, problem solved.

    If they were ok, I’d re-install them in the Am Dlx with all new wire and components. Switch, pots, Jack, all of it.
     
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    Is the ground properly grounded?
     
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  5. Craig Long

    Craig Long TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Yes. That’s a good question, but that’s one of the first things I checked. Thanks, Monkey.
     
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  6. Craig Long

    Craig Long TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    That’s the point I’ve reached. In fact
    I’ve almost reached that point, my friend. This time, though, I think I’ll try something new. Might as well turn a bad situation into a good one, right?
     
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    Collin D Plonker Tele-Afflicted

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    After rereading this post, it's not clear to me if the guitar is noisy all the time or it's noisy in certain environments. And what is a "noisy' environment exactly?
     
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    Is either guitar shielded ?
     
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