Hey everyone, first time poster here ^_^
So I've had my 513 for a little over a ear now and it's without a doubt my favorite instrument I've ever owned (granted, it's only my 4th electric guitar as I'm a broke college grad lol). Unfortunately, I don't get to play it out as much as I'd like, mainly because my band isn't well established yet and I don't feel comfortable bringing it to most of the venues/shows we play. The other main reason i don't use it though is because of the noise. The single coil hum is to be expected but it is very noisy on the humbucker and heavy humbucker settings when used with distortion. I play in a prog rock/metal band that plays throughout the dynamic spectrum and we often venture into high gain territory. The noise gets really bad and I can't bring myself to use the in between pickup positions because they have too much quack and chime.
What do you fellow 513 owners do for noise? I've considered trying a different shielding method in the control cavity other than the existing paint. I dislike using noise gates/suppressors because of the way they suck tone and kill sustain. Any other tips?