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For almost one year, guitar luther Rick Andrews answered your guitar repair questions. After recieving over 500 questions we put together the most popular questions and answers. Today, we are involving other great guitar builders and will continue to expand this area in the future. This section will no longer be interactive but you should find most of your guitar building and repair questions have already been answered in this section.

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  •  Guitar/Amp--hum

    Hi,
    I wasn't sure were else to write this but I have a question concerning my guitar. First off, I have a Jackson. For some time I have been experiencing a hum. I thought a while back it might be my amp but everytime I touch the strings or tremolo the hum stops. I figured it might be a grounding problem. Is there something I can do short of going to a guitar tech?
    Thanks for your time,
    Jason
  • Ricks Answer to - Guitar/Amp--hum

    You are most likely correct in the ground thinking. Sometimes ground problems are hard to get quiet due to the nature of single coil pickups yet they do sound they best with many sweet tones that humbuckers can not do. Be sure you have a very good quality guitar cord with proper shielding and the jacks are well grounded from the guitar output all the way to the grounding of the amp.

    It is not likely you will get rid of all the noise though unless you use a ground filter unit something like a Hush brand noise filtering unit. I use the Hush II unit and it works very well.

    Sometimes the problem is due to things like fluorescent lighting nearby or even poorly grounded electrical outlets wherever ypu may be pluged in for power. The best thing is to get the filtering unit and trim it out. Single coil pickups actually work on the basis of EMI which is electronic magnetic interference or electrical magnetic interference. This is where the electro magnetic field picks up trash interference from radio signals to small ballasts and transformers that produce high frequency hums into the field of the pickups. Unfortunately, that interference is what makes the strings interfere in the field which makes them sound so good. You kill that problem completely and you destroy the sweetest tones you ever heard from the single coil pickups.

    I found the best of both worlds is to filter out the trash and keep the sounds. Hope this is helpful.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar



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