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Pickup feedback and what can be done to reduce it.


Hi Guys,

I own several guitars and most have no problems with feedback at higher volumes. Unfortunately one guitar I recently purchased does. The obvious and simplest solution would be to wax pot the humbuckers. The trouble is I really like the vintage tone I am getting and I would hate to ruin that.

I have read that there are some alternatives that can be undone quite easily. One is as simple as removing the cover off the hum-bucker and simply placing a strip of painters tape over the lower slugs. Add a small amount of wood glue between the cover and the tape and that should stop any feedback caused by the cover itself.

I've also heard that some people will place a small piece of sponge under the pickup itself to reduce any vibrations in the base plate of the pickup.

Has anyone tried any of these tips?


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I've potted some pickups with candle wax to reduce feedback. Mostly mini hums. I didn't hear a lot of difference after potting. Surely not enough to worry about. They were not 100% microphonic free after potting either.

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