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Ricks Answer to - Guitar/Amp--hum
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,
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.
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