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Posted - 10/08/2019 :  08:32:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made my steel during Aloha Music Camp 2 years ago from kits Bob Gleason brought. I have been using it as my learning instrument.
As I progressed, I became annoyed by environmental hum, especially if the volume came up. After the usual grounding tests, I tried lining the interior cavities with copper foil, which helped a little bit, but not enough. The instrument had a single-coil Fender style pickup.
After reading up on it a bit, I internet-searched, and got a cheap "humbucker-style" pickup of the same size as the existing pickup. It worked great, but failed soon after installation, but Amazon returns sent me another that has been stable. No hum, and it has higher output. I can hear all my mistakes clearly now.
For those who might not know, a humbucker type pickup has 2 parallel (usually bar-type) coils parallel to each other and coiled in opposite directions so the environmental magnetic noise is cancelled out.

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