I’ve talked about this pedal in the past. Right now, my favorite guitar to play is my trusty Fender ’62 AVRI Jazzmaster. I absolutely love this thing! But, sometimes it hates certain rooms, or more specifically what’s in those rooms. For the most part, the Jazzmaster handles the majority of venues it’s in, but in some rare instances the guitar will buzz something fierce. We’re talking 60 cycle hum from the single coils. Generally, if there are fluorescent lights (specifically if the ballast is over my head for example) the guitar can get noisy. A simple test if that’s the problem for you, change the pickup selection to the middle position, pulling in both pickups. If the buzz goes away, it’s most likely the single coil hum.
At one practice space I was in and if there was a particular pedal in line (doesn’t have to be on) it was horrible – to the point you could hear it while playing. Brutal. I thought I would pick up a Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger, and it cleared things up incredibly well without altering my tone to drastically, and definitely was a massive improvement to the situation prior. Now, I still pack the Hum Debugger around on tour, just in case I run into a venue that gives me trouble. Now, this is NOT a noise gate, don’t get confused about this. The pedal just targets the hum – must be magic. I highly recommend this pedal if you’re running single coils and have experienced hum like this.
It’s important to note, the Jazzmaster is properly grounded and shielded, and this is related to horrible rooms. 99% of the time, the JM sounds perfect in any environment.
This morning, I came across this bundle deal. I love bundle deals. So if you were thinking of buying this pedal to address this problem, might as well jump on this deal since you get some free stuff! So on Amazon, you can pick up the Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger for $115.28 (same price from other dealers), but you get 2 Free 6″ patch cables AND 2 Free 18.6′ instrument cables! Not bad!
If you’re still confused the Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger, check out this video:
If you use this pedal for yourself, please comment below. Love to hear what you think about it!