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Static when touching pickguard on either of my Les Paul Custom's

#1 User is offline   flashbak 

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 09:08 AM

Recently converted to Les Paul Customs and both of them exhibit static/ crackling sounds when touching the pickguard while playing. What's the deal with that? If I gently put my finger on the area of the guitar around the 3 way switch I hear the same sounds. Both of the Les Paul Customs (2007 and 2008) exhibit the problem. I'm told that if you rub the pickguard with a dryer sheet it will help with the static buildup. For what we pay for these guitars, why doesn't Gibson come out with a fix?
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 09:20 AM

ive never had that problem
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but i guess its possible
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 09:20 AM

I had a similar problem with a Telecaster. Static like crazy if I touched the pickguard, which I do a lot. Full shielding was the only way to solve the problem, but it's dead quiet now. You could try shielding just the back of the pickguard first - StewMac has shielding tape or spray glue and aluminum foil is the cheap route.
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 09:21 AM

Bad ground.
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 09:41 AM

What are the odds of both guitars having that issue.
Are you sure it's not something else?
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 09:43 AM

Pretty slim, but it IS possible.
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 09:51 AM

Paint it !
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 09:53 AM

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 09:58 AM

posting pictures could help
Guitars:
-1991 Epiphone Sheraton II heavily modified (broken for now)
-2008 Gibson Les Paul standard faded honeyburst (W/ orangedrop caps)
-2007 Fender 65' reissue mustang
-1980 Alvarez regent acoustic
-2007 Epiphone EJ-200VS acoustic
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-1990 Marshall JCM800 2210
-1982 Marshall JCM800 300 watt 4X12 cab
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-Electro Harmonix Double Muff

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 10:54 AM

I guess I don't move fast enough to build up all that static. never had that issue at least not sober when I pick my feet up http://forum.gibson....tyle_emoticons/default/eusa_whistle.gif

Don't play n wool socks? http://forum.gibson....tyle_emoticons/default/eusa_whistle.gif

If shielding doesn't work maybe a static strap could be hooked ti the pick-guard, don't know if it would help but it's a hell of fashion statement. :D/

Sorry I know sarcasm doesn't help I just couldn't help it with this question, guess it was just shocking! #-o
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 11:09 AM

I think Guitarand feather hit it.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 03:37 PM

Folks, it is not pretty slim at all, it is a fact. If I hook up one of my Fender Stratocasters the problem is gone using same cable to same equipment etc.... I've heard of others complaining about this same issue, hence my comment about a antistatic dryer sheet, but for the cost of the guitars this shouldn't be an issue. Any suggestions for a solution to the problem is greatly appreciated.
TimA, I don't know what else it could be. Like I mentioned above it doesn't happen with my Fender Strat when it is hooked up to the same equipment through the same cables etc....I'll try some further experiments to see if I can isolate the cause.
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 04:11 PM

Ok folks it is definitely originating from both Les Paul Customs! I just got done hooking up my Ibanez SZ320 with dual humbuckers and not a sound, dead quiet! Nice huh, what the heck? If I rub my finger on the finish to the right of the 3 way toggle switch above the neck pickup I also get static/crackeling on both guitars.
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 04:21 PM

Just noise...bad ground. It might be the AMP? But, if you tried another guitar,
then that's probably NOT the problem. Might be a loose ground wire...have you
looked inside the back plate/chamber? I'll admit, for BOTH of them to have that
problem seems a bit "out there," but not impossible, I suppose. Just to eliminate
more possibilities, have to tried a different cord? Maybe there's a different contact
in the inside jack on the LP's as opposed to the Strat? Probably not, but...you've
got nothing to lose, by trying.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 05:14 PM

Charlie Brown, The Ibanez doesn't exhibit the problem either, using same equipment/cables. It's not the cord I tried another awhile back and it made no difference. It may be out there, but I swear they both have the same problem! =D>
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 06:32 PM

OK, just popping out "possibilities," that's all.

Well, if they're recent purchases, and still under warrenty, take 'em back, and get them
fixed! They shouldn't do that!

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 02:22 AM

Charlie Brown,
No problem, I appreciate the suggestions.
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 02:24 AM

Anyone here have a wiring diagram for the Les Paul or Custom or can reference me to one? Is the major ground point in the tailpiece studs? Appreciate any help with this. Thanks in advance! It seems like it might be pointing to the 3 way toggle switch since if one lightly rubs ones finger around that area slightly outside of it on the body you hear the static/crackling sound. However, there isn't any bad hum etc.....so it's kind of a strange symptom. Appreciate any help you folks can give.
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 03:23 AM

When it's dry here in the winter my Little Lucille will build up static moving up and down the neck. I can feel and hear it. My old SG did also but not as bad. I think it's the nitro finish b/c my strat never had the issue or either of my Fender basses. I read dryer sheets rubbed up and down the neck help but I'm alergic so never gave it a shot.
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 03:25 AM

i would strip the guitar down to the wood
remove the pots, Pups, switches, wires all that crap


take it to your local guitar tech, tell him you had an accedent, and let him make it all better
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