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Single Coils And Hum

Billy Bones

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Single coil pickups are definitely playable, if not "dead quiet".

Good shielding is a plus. Also, realize that if you play anywhere near a CRT monitor, no matter how much shielding you have, you will always get a lot of hum. Single coil pickups are almost unusable near a CRT screen. Period. The solution is to play away from the screen, or buy an LCD monitor. I say that because this is often overlooked, and more and more common (people tend to use computers more often than they used to when playing music, for obvious reasons...)

If your pickups are humming even when there is no CRT screen around, then try shielding your guitar...

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