I just got my '78 Les Paul Custom modified (by someone else) with the Jimmy Page wiring. I had 2 pre-existing 2way mini-toggles which I used for the coil-taps. The 2 tone pots were swapped for push/pulls for the reverse phase and parallel switching. I swapped out the EMG-85 bridge for a SH-14 (Custom 5) and the EMG-60 neck for a SH-2 (Jazz).
So.... why am I not siked?????
First off, I've only ever used the EMGs so I anticipated a little "noise" with the passive pups. But I think I have more than a little noise and I'm not sure if it's normal? When in regular mode (humbuckers/in-phase/parallel) it's pretty noisy and it only gets worse when I start switching the modes. The main thing that freaks me out is when I touch the end of the guitar cable at the guitar or amp the noise (hum) stops!!!! Is this a sign of poor wiring? Did the guy not use the right pots (250k vs 500k)??? Can I visually tell by opening her up???
Then there's the pups themselves. The Jazz sounds AWESOME So much better than I could've imagined. I am completely happy with it. But the Custom5 seems to lack balls? When I switch from neck to bridge I'm expecting BAM!!!!! It just doesn't do that for me. Sounds like there is no drive or oomph. The overall tone is pretty good, it just seems like a power/output issue. Could this also be a symptom of bad wiring or should I expect this behavior from these 2 pups?
By the way, when I use the 2 together, it sounds pretty damn good... I think they work well together. Would adjusting the pickup height help at all?
Please help so I can take this thing back if I need to or learn to start living with it the way it is... thanks!