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Hello Budd!
the question is theoretical, I have no noise issues any more, I have been struggling with this for 10 years.
Without bridge ground, there are times, like when approaching the wall or the laptop that I get severe hiss (especially with Dimarzio Super Distortion). Also by having the bridge grounded but without the me-25 output plugged into the amp I get the same effects.

So the question is : if the noise in case of no bridge grounding comes from strings/bridge/body how can a humbucker cancel low freq EMI coming from the mains (50Hz in Greece, 60Hz in USA), but *not* EMI/EFI coming for the strings/bridge/body? Shouldn't the humbucker principal work in this case as well?


Yesterday for no reason, (yes in Athens you have to have a reason) I paid the tech a visit to his shop, as I was around the block spying on my Son and his behavior (long story).

The tech's work is perfect, however we got into a debate . He claims that humbuckers dont need no bridge grounding. When he did my Carvin, transformation from left --> right and he did an absolutely fantastic job beyond belief, he didn't ground the bridge. The guitar has HSS : dimarzio super-distortion bridge/generic carvin middle/air norton S neck. I realized this right away. My rig basically consists of :
guitar --> boss me-25 --> headphones, so this was pretty audible. I tried with other DMZ guitars I have and they were dead silent.
So I conencted the bridge ground and I noticed that :
a) when playing via the me-25 with the amp unplugged the noise was there : not hum, more like a high freq bzzzz / hiss
b) when playing via the me-25 with the amp plugged (regardless of the amp being on) the noise was gone

I know there have been ages since I moded any guitar, but according to the theory should HB also cancel high freq hiss besides regular hum? Why does grounding the bridge actually works?
Again sorry for forgetting all the old classic original GN theory ... I am getting old, can you pls shed some light to this question?

The Pickup Place / Re: An Injector Bridge model for an Yngwie tone?
« on: January 20, 2019, 01:55:38 AM »
imho yngwies tone is nothing hard to get. Just a plain good classic alnico single coil in the neck would do the trick. And with the appropriate shielding/correct direction, being a little lean on distortion, noise gate, would help deal with the noise.
I got some cheap pups set from aliexpress, and I managed to get better tones than with the HS-3. Depends also on the rig heavily.

The Pickup Place / Re: Super Distortion noise?
« on: January 18, 2019, 06:19:17 AM »

this happens during the evenings mostly and with a fair amount of distortion, not so much a computer thing. The hum is directional. Much more annoying in series wiring rather than in parallel. In parallel it is almost 100% noiseless.

My bet is that there is something asymmetrical in this pup! Same like with EMGs. At certain orientations they hum. But no biggie.

I wonder if redoing all the wiring, new simple/normal pots (in contrast to push/pull that I have now), etc, would remedy this. I am not a particular fan of parallel wiring for super distortion or Air Norton S : complexity with just a slightly lower output, not worth it.

Guitar Lounge / Re: Schaller, Gotoh or Original Floyd Rose?
« on: January 10, 2019, 07:40:56 AM »
my gotoh nut is rock solid for some years now, whereas the previous Schaller gave me constant "sitar" sounding open notes which killed sustain and natural harmonics (which meant no more pantera  >:( ).
I dont have a Gotoh bridge but I know they make all the high end Ibanez staff. Heck my "indo-MIC" edge zero II has been solid for 4 years, i cannot see why Gotoh should score any lower.

The Pickup Place / Super Distortion noise?
« on: January 08, 2019, 10:07:13 AM »
as I was doing this vid :

I was between :
- my strat with fast tracks/chopper
- my Ibanez universe with blazes
- my carvin with Super Distortion / Air Norton S
- my kramer with EMG 81/85

I had to record in front of the laptop. And you can see there is a fairly high amount of gain. I noticed that with the Ibanez (blazes) there was no noise at all in front of the laptop, even with the noise gate set to minimum (2/10). Same with Air Norton s - no noise at all. Miraculously the EMGs were silent as well, although at the standing position - and away from the laptop- normally they are the noisiest (it happens with all 4 of my EMGs but its another story). However with the Super Distortion I had to raise the noise gate to 5 to be able to record this song, which has a lot of pauses especially at the beginning.

When standing away from the laptop the Super Distortion is quite silent. I will do more tests and measurements in the evening.

The Pickup Place / Re: Chopper. Cruiser. 24.75". Pots?
« on: November 22, 2018, 08:18:03 AM »
I remember with Chopper in the neck I had to convert the 500K tone pot to no-load in order to make it useful. So I'd say 500K tone pot. Dont know about Cruiser tho.

The Pickup Place / Re: Air Norton S help
« on: November 15, 2018, 12:54:24 AM »
It's great when I switch it to single coil..but figure I should have something I like in both positions.

have you tried in parallel? however, in 24.75" I find this too muddy in an all maple neckthrough.

IMHO fast track I (not II) would be fine.

Center Stage / Judas Priest : Electric Eye
« on: November 13, 2018, 05:06:50 PM »

super distortion + air norton S

The Pickup Place / Re: pick ups
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:52:16 AM »
EMGs arent good for you?

The Pickup Place / Re: Neck/Bridge humbuckers that balance well
« on: November 12, 2018, 09:15:19 AM »
all he classic sets, I got super distortion in the bridge with air norton in the neck and they balance well.

The Pickup Place / Re: Static humbukcer hum/buzz
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:25:34 PM »
UPDATE! it's not the neighbor or anything!
the way I play is :
guitar -> boss me-25 -> headphones. The boss output jack was most of the times connected to the amp, which I rarely use. So the amp was most of the time off. But lately I had it disconnected (since I didn't use the amp). Now I couldn't imagine there would be such a huge difference if I connect the output of the boss to the input of the amp. I connected it (with the amp switched off as usually) and the problem is gone.... What puzzles me is that the blazes still didn't buzz....

The Pickup Place / Re: Static humbukcer hum/buzz
« on: November 11, 2018, 11:49:56 AM »
Hello, just a follow up, I have already odrered new push/pull pots, wires, to try the components on the buzzing strat first before re-doing the wiring on the Carvin. But today I saw that neither of the guitars had any buzz at all, no matter the orientation, position, AC or lightts.

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