I’m a fan of the Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger. I was a doubter about this, but this thing works great. Ok, let me step back for a second. About a year ago I purchased a Fender ’62 AVRI Jazzmaster and noticed in one of the places I was practicing in, for whatever reason, I was getting some gnarly buzz in bridge/neck position. Of course if I put it in the middle position, the buzz would go away, since there are single coils in there. I think it could have been a weird transformer or something, not sure, but this room did not get along with my guitar.
I saw this video (demo by Dave Weiner posted by EHX) , and made a purchase
I was blown away by how well this cut the buzz, while maintaining the integrity of the source signal. There is a slight cut, but definitely well within the acceptable boundaries, especially while playing in a band setting. I put this last in line after my pedal board, and it works like a champ. Depending on how bad the buzz is, you can set it on ‘Normal’ or ‘Strong’. Usually ‘normal’ handles the problem, but you can jack up the buzz removal if you need to.
Now, I do NOT always have this in line. I usually store it in my case where I carry my cables. It’s nice to have.. if I need it, which is pretty rare, but happens.
If you’re battling buzz with your single coils in certain situations, this is a great pedal to tote around. The Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger is currently available as a ‘bundle’ for $115.28 at Amazon. With the purchase of this pedal, you also get 2 Free 6″ patch cables and 2 Free 18.6′ instrument cables.