I use a volume pedal almost all the time, mostly for swells and such, but if my rig is noisy between tunes I am so trained to just hit the volume pedal that P90 or Fender hum doesn't bother me much; also I am rarely playing very loud in the small places I gig. Plus my basic amp setting is very clean. I would assume the hum issue is worse if I was playing louder and using a more distorted or higher gain tone. One wonders why Gibson doesn't do what Carvin does, and offer options on most models. You don't like p90's in that ES-330, then have some humbuckers. But as you say, no, Gibson is doing its usual thing. And yes, that's what the humbucker was invented for- although I like the tone too.