More Output = More Noise?

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  1. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    My 7k neck HB is dead quiet when I don’t play.
    My 16k bridge HB however adds a faint, but audible hiss as soon as I switch to positions 2 or 3 (or 2 or 1?).

    Could the grounding be a little messed up or does more output amplify any interference and thus adds more noise?
     
  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If you double the input gain on the amp for the neck pickup, what happens?
     
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  3. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    So I guess that’s a yes? :D
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'd guess that maybe it is, ;)
     
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    Try EMGs... then tell me about noise. ;)
     
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  6. jaxjaxon

    jaxjaxon Strat-O-Master

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    Yep hotter pickups will make more noise and you cant over drive your signal as much with them the sound distorts to much, that's my experience with using them.