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Eliminating single coil buzz with EQ
Old 30th March 2009
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Eliminating single coil buzz with EQ

Is it possible? I just wanna get rid of the noise!!!
Old 30th March 2009
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Old 30th March 2009
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No.

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As per usual, Jim - you're right to the point. Exactly right.

Cheers,
Cam
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Is it possible? I just wanna get rid of the noise!!!
Jim's right. no, it's not an eq thing. buzz is right across the tone of the guitar. you kill it by getting a nice grounded setup and making the guitarist face in a way that the guitar doesn't pick up much interference. avoid flourescent lights etc (and sometimes dimmers too depending on effect on noise in your room).

otherwise, expect to spend lots of time editing out the "silent" parts of the track to kill noise (as long as it's not too shocking to silence it like that).

and finally - never forget, strat buzz is part of recorded history - if a player has it then unless it's unusually loud you might just live with it and make it part of the music.

cheers,
Don
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Careful use of a gate may help you when recording, although it can be difficult to find a setting that doesn't cut off too much of your sustain. I record with the old '57 style Strat single coils, and they are noisy as hell...but that is also a key element of the in-your-face sound.

You might also look into the possibility of some extra shielding inside your pickguard. Also, try a longer cord (not TOO long though) and getting well away from anything else, then find the magic direction you need to face to get closer to silence. You are now dancing the Single Coil Shuffle.
Old 18th March 2011
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SC Setup

These single coils do have a particular problem. They sound really great, but they are not wired in three phase, they are two wire circuits. On SC Stratocasters you might notice that in the positions 2 and 4 there is not any sizzle. So one way around this that some guitarists use is to lower the middle pickup so that it doesn't hear the strings and raise the other to its max without hitting the strings, then switch to 4 and you get a cleaner sound. The only drawback, if you can live with it, is that the signal is not quite as rich or full as that SC, so you have to make up for it with the amp and processing. But there goes the buzz. Actually if you could isolate single instruments in a recording, you'll find out there is all kinds of sizzle, though digital mastering has settled this a lot.

Or you could put in a set of grounded pickups. Three legged circuits run with less noise - almost none. There are some great ones out there.
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