If you are a guitarist that plays at any relative volume, you have probably been driven crazy by all kinds of excess noise that seems to creep through your rig somehow. When I played my Gibson SB through any amp, I had an unwavering, consistent hiss every time I powered up. At the time, I was running that guitar through a Marshall JCM 900 mostly. I also tried a Peavey 5150 and a Sunn Model T.
No matter what I did, I had the unwanted noise barreling through my amp and out of my speaker enclosures without a doubt. I wish then I knew what I know now. After researching a little bit, I realized the Electro Harmonix makes a pedal that helps mend this ailment. The Electro Harmonix Hum Debugger is the simplest pedal I have ever owned. Yes, it really is more basic than my Boss TU-2 Tuner.
The pedal works like magic to me. I’m completely unsure of the schematics within. I don’t understand how it works, I just know that it works with complete consistency every time I plug it in. The pedal simply has a guitar input and an amplifier output. There is one foot friendly button and one two way switch. The switch can be set to either Normal or Strong settings. I find that Normal works just fine for me personally.
The Strong switch is for amps an even stronger buzz than what my guitar produces. Apparently guitars with single coil pickups can be exceptionally noisy when plugged into louder amps. The Hum Debugger really silences everything. I was a bit apprehensive about buying one of these because I figured it would cut my tone considerably. Although I hate the hiss that my rig has, I am not willing to sacrifice my tone to rid my setup of the noise.
To my disbelief, this cuts absolutely no tonal composition from your sound. I consider myself a tone snob and run a series of particular amps with specific amps and pedals. I noticed absolutely no difference in my sound. All I noticed was that my starting and stopping was like smacking a brick wall and then immediately back to 100mph. When I stopped, it actually sounded like a pause because there was complete silence.
Transform your rig and step it up to the final echelon of professionalism. These bad boys are just $120 on Musician’s Friend.