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

#21 User is offline   matiac 

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 06:42 AM

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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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Posted 29 July 2008 - 07:35 AM

You do have the amp grounded and you've tested the outlet to make sure it's wiring is correct and the ground is real? I only get the static-on-the-pickguard problem when using a battery powered amp sitting outside barefoot (no, you don't want to see pictures of that). The string ground is supposed to take care of static but the amp needs to be properly grounded.
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 07:45 AM

Wipe a dryer sheet on the pickguard.

Don't laugh until you try it.
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 08:21 AM

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Wipe a dryer sheet on the pickguard.

Don't laugh until you try it.


Does your guitar smell April fresh now? #-o
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 03:37 PM

See, I'm not crazy! Saw this posted on a site unfortunately they don't give a solution to the problem.

Electrostatic or Static Electricity

The term "Electrostatics" is used to cover a very broad set of physical phenomena. "Electrostatic noise" or "Static electricity" have often been used to describe certain types of noise experienced by guitar players. By definition, electrostatic is just that - electrically static, which means an electrical charge that is not moving. If it's not moving, it's not causing noise! When an electrostatic charge becomes discharged, it is often called "Electrically Kinetic" under those conditions it can certainly create a crackle or pop. Electrostatic charges can build up on our bodies which can be discharged to your instrument (or for fun to your cat!). They are also the cause of lightning!
A less common complaint from guitarists is the crackling sound caused by the static charge generated by the hand & plastic pickguard as the guitar is played, which then finds a discharge path to your guitar circuit, causing a crackling sound.
Electrostatic discharges are not the cause of continuous hum from your guitar, but in some cases, can be damaging to your amp or effects pedal if they are not tolerant or designed with internal protection.
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:09 PM

SOOOOH, it's YOU! You're full of "Static!" LOL!

Well, in the New Mexico dryness, that's a real possibility.
(Gosh, I hope you're still Dry?...Parts of NM had a major flood, huh?)
Hope that didn't effect you, or any "family!"

Hope you get it figured out, and/or it "goes away"....

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 11:08 PM

The static being generated has nothing to do with the wiring, shielding, pickups or anything else electrical on the guitar. It is being caused by the vinyl pickguard. A dryer sheet will fix this.

Or if you prefer, you can take your guitar to a technician and pay him to shield and triple ground everything, take all the fluorescent lights out of your house, ban anyone in the neighborhood from running an electric drill or shaver while you're playing (and that includes any electrical toys your mom might be using in the other room) and until you will still have the static pop until you treat it with a dryer sheet.
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:21 AM

I'll give the static sheet a try. In researching this problem I came across a person who claims to have had the static issue and he replaced the jack which he claims fixed the issue. It is weird how you can hold the guitar by the edges of the body and tilt it up horizontally and hear all kinds of static and crackles. Charlie Brown thanks for the NM concern but we are all fine here! #-o
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Posted 08 February 2019 - 02:47 PM

Attached File  IMG_0755.JPG (111.73K)
Number of downloads: 6All you need to do is discharge your static , You are like a capacitor, when you walk accross the carpet you charge yourself, just touch the little screw that holds the light switch cover in place, it goes thru the switch which is grounded. In the dry winter months you may even hear a little snap crackle pop...Mike
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 01:14 PM

LPs look better without pickguards.
I sometimes think; therefore I am intermittent
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my band BLOWN OUT
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 01:18 PM

View Postmerciful-evans, on 14 February 2019 - 01:14 PM, said:

LPs look better without pickguards.


You just couldn't let this one pass, could you!?!

After waiting 11 years, I am relieved a solution to this problem has been found!

This post has been edited by Big Bill: 14 February 2019 - 01:19 PM

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