An effective Coulomb gauge Hamiltonian, Heff, is used to calculate the light (uūg), strange (ss̄g) and charmed (cc̄g) hybrid meson spectra. For the same two parameter Heff providing glueball masses consistent with lattice results and a good description of the observed u,d,s and c quark mesons, a large-scale variational treatment predicts that the lightest hybrid has JPC=0++ and mass 2.1 GeV. The lightest exotic 1-+ state is just above 2.2 GeV, near the upper limit of lattice and flux tube predictions. These theoretical formulations all indicate that the observed 1-+ π1(1600) and, more clearly, π1(1400) are not hybrid states. The Coulomb gauge approach further predicts that in the strange and charmed sectors, respectively, the ground state hybrids have 1+- with masses 2.1 and 3.8 GeV, while the first exotic 1-+ states are at 2.4 and 4.0 GeV. Finally, using our hybrid wavefunctions and the Franck–Condon principle, a novel experimental signature is presented to assist heavy hybrid meson searches.