Epiphone ET-280 PU Noise and Recommendations
New guy here. I just bought a "new" bass after a few years of absence from music altogether, and am really excited to relearn this instrument.
I bought this gorgeous old Epiphone ET-280 after playing everything locally available in my price range. It fits my hand like a glove and sounds good, but it hums like crazy unless I stand exactly facing a certain direction (computers off, no fluorescent lights, etc). The guys at the store who set it up said it was inherent to the old single-coils pups, so I'd like to know if, first, anyone who owns this bass can confirm that it is normal, and second, what pickups are compatible and recommended for this bass to kill the noise and give a good and flexible sound. Also, does replacing the pups mean that I have to ditch the cool-looking old metal covers already installed? I know it's superficial, but I love the look. Picture attached for reference.