Noisy Clapton Strat

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by MarkBuckingham, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. MarkBuckingham

    MarkBuckingham Member

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    I have a very-early clapton strat with a bit of a noise problem...

    Even with the lace sensors, I get some 60-cycle hum... Too much for my taste.

    A long time ago, I put a HS-3 in the bridge position. The guitar is completely noise free with that pickup, while the two remaining lace sensors are still noisy.

    So... I think I have a noise problem with the lace sensors, but they're supposed to be quiet, right?

    Anyway, I'd like to fix this... I can either pull all three pickups, and put in a set of the fender hot noiseless pickups, or I could just replace the other two lace sensors with HS-1's or something.

    Option #3 is pulling the pickguard AND the mid boost, and replacing the whole mess with a EMG David Gilmour set.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    laces are quieter than regular singles, but nothing's as quiet as a vertical stacked pickup, not even regular humbuckers.
     
  3. traviswalk

    traviswalk In the Great State Gold Supporting Member

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    I had the same problem with mine, which is an old Clapton Strat from 1993. I switched the Lace Sensors out with Lollar Blackface's...night and day quieter and better. I just loved the neck too much and didn't really like the noiseless line too much...the Lollars have been a magical touch.
     
  4. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    lollar single coils were quieter? or did you also bag the whole active mess?
     
  5. Hugo Da Rosa

    Hugo Da Rosa Silver Supporting Member

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    I currently have the Fender Vintage noiseless pup set and they are DEAD quiet. Sound quality, I don't really know how to they compare to lace sensors or any other pup set really. But to my ears, they sound great for fender pups.
     
  6. novawind

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    It's on my list to put together a Gilmour Strat eventually and I was debating between SCNs, Hot Noiseless, and then I guess the EMG Gilmour set. Are either of the first two good comprimises for standard Fender tones while still getting into Gilmour fuzz territory?
     
  7. HipKitty

    HipKitty Silver Supporting Member

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    Check for a bad ground connection before you spend a dime on anything. You may have to resolder the ground connections. Those Laces shoulde be nice and quiet.
     
  8. MarkBuckingham

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    Tried that... No help. My guess is that the laces are quieter than regular single coils would be, but not compared to humbuckers.
     
  9. GTRJoe

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    Your guess is correct. I went through the same thing with my 2000 EC Strat. The Laces are quieter than single coils, but not as quiet as stacks, like the HS 3 you tried. I ended up using Bill Lawrence L 280's in my EC. Sounds great and is the quietest guitar I own.
     
  10. guitarmind

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    I put a set of the Fender Mod Shop Bill Lawrence pickups in mine.
    Totally cut any noise. The guitar is great on stage or in the studio.
     

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