hm maybe there is something wrong with the ground wire. but I have 2 SEs with the standard PUs and they are both relatively noisy if compared to the US models... but the baritone is worse, so perhaps you're right. I'll check that. I love the D Activator as it is still warm and not too aggressive - not sure about the D-Sonics, though. The Custom Custom seems to be great, yeah... Gotta look into that one! Thanks!