I have a problem that I hope some one can diagnose for me. I have an AmSe Strat with Hot Noiseless pus installed. I have shielded it with copper tape and have star-grounded it as per Guitar Nuts site instructions. It's hum free except for when I turn the volume down to 5-6 when some hum/buzz is heard. Going below this setting the hum/buzz decreases. This isn't major hum/buzz, but annoying nonetheless as I often turn down to clean up overdrive etc. Any ideas?
I just read your reply and luck would have it, today I'm on leave, the neighbours are on holiday and I've got the house to myself.
My normal setup is an Amse Strat with Hot Noiseless pups into a Tonelab Se then into the clean channel of a Laney LC30 tube combo. I play in a rock/pop covers band and need a number of standard classic tones which the set up gives me.
The problem exists (or is more evident) when slight to medium overdrive is applied to any amp/speaker model. As I said before, it's more of an annoyance then anything else, still I wanted it gone.
Anyway, recently I purchased a Barber Direct Drive on e-bay and decided to use it straight into the clean channel of the LC30. No matter how I set the controls I could not get the annoying hum/buzz when turning down; even running the dimed Direct Drive into the drive channel of the LC30 did not produce the hum/buzz when turning down.
I disconnected the DD and reconnected the Tonelab Se and bang! annoying hum back again when using overdrive.
Consequently the test above vindicates my guitar, leads and amp - the annoyance is caused by the Tonelab Se.
I'll have to see if I can work around the problem on the Tonelab.