for the first time ever. Better yet, it's a John Mayer sig! I work a mile down the road from an air force base and a dude that runs parts for their vehicle maintenance dept. comes in several times every day. He found out I work on guitars, amps, etc... and asked me if I could make his BRAND NEW Mayer Strat less noisy. I'm going to shield it for him, that's about all I can do. It IS noisy!!! He already took it to an authorized Fender tech who told him nothing's wrong with it, it's the nature of the beast.
A) I want to light it on fire
B) How lame to shell out that kind of a guitar and be told it's expected for it to be noisy.
C) I will give it a chance. I've got it till Friday so I'm going to give it an honest go and try to like a strat for the first time.
all strats are noisy. all guitars with single coils are noisy. it is the nature of the beast. the more gain you add, the more noise you add. throw it on position 2 or 4, i bet the noise almost completely goes away.