Honestly, take your guitar to a luthier to have it checked out! Also, it’s harder to create a ground loop by practicing Star Grounding. By connecting only one ground wire from the Volume Pot to the Output Jack, you ground your parts thoroughly. For our intents and purposes, a proper Ground connection is an essential part of your guitar’s wiring. If you've got a hardtail strat or a bass, you pretty much have to run a wire to the bridge, or to the tailpiece or bridge posts on a Les Paul style. – shielded cavities. The solution: Ground to a metal tailpiece. Morrell Pro 6-String Lap Steel Guitar. I have 2 questions/doubts, hope anyone is going to finally solve them for me. If you’ve ever noticed your guitar’s noise gets quieter when you touch the strings, you might have thought your body grounds your guitar’s parts. However, when I loosen the screws near it, the signal comes back but then shuts off if you press down on the pickguard and make contact with the pickguard and the body again. This is especially important if you plan on using a large amount of distortion or overdrive in your signal because added gain in your signal chain will amplify noise along with the signal. If your bridge pickup’s screws thread into the steel plate like ours do, then that should be enough to ground out your strings, since the steel plate connects to ground. However, with no experience and only a very basic understanding of grounds, I worry about what happens when the properly grounded components come in contact with the cavities shielding tape – will this cause multi-grounding, noise spikes, etc? Do you think this is because the pots are coming into contact with the shielding tape? Sounds soooooo incredibly good now. Right now, when I touch the pots I get noise spikes. BAM electricity flows right across your heart and you dead. Notice any jumpers? Very frustrating. https://polymertape.com/products/copper-tape. Remove the bridge screws and lift the bridge off the body. I got a fender player bass and opened it up to replace the pickups and noticed that there’s an extra ground wire coming off of the jack that wasn’t soldered to anything. Thank you, I’d never have sorted without the clarity of this article. They should be able to fix the issue relatively quickly. 2-the neck pickup signal goes through a octave down pedal straight to a bass amplifier (this is my bass sound). Thank you. If the wire is stranded, twist the strands into a neat bundle then stuff it into a bridge screw hole. If you’re experiencing Ground problems on your guitar, there’s an effortless way to hunt them down. I replace my P-90’s with Lindy’s Hum canceling P-90’s. The reason I ask is because I have an 82 Custom with a plate that is dead silent even when I am not touching the strings/bridge. I rolled my eyes but I went ahead and tried it because he was serious. Fralin Pickups will be closed Thursday & Friday (November 26th & 27th) in observance of Thanksgiving. Look around you – you’re probably in front of a computer, near some lighting, and most likely close to some electrical lines. Grounding is very simple: make sure everything is grounded, but only once. I asked my mentor if he’d ever heard of it and he said that he had on rare occasions. Take a look at the following images. I’m having some noise issues with a humbucker loaded guitar and I’m wondering if this is the cause. If you shield the complete cavity you don't need to ground the strings anymore. Hi. But I have a strange problem. Could you do a video on your youtube channel to prove your LP / tele ground loop theories please ? I know the neck pickup cover must be grounded separately. Proper grounding means it only needs to connect correctly to the ground once. My 84 with a plate has a very noisy buzz unless I touch the pickup cover. Any suggestions. If it’s a tremolo bridge, the path is from the control cavity to the tremolo spring cavity. Creating a loop of ground connections will introduce noise into your signal. Fabricio Barreto My other guitars plugged into the same rig are dead quiet (included an i35 with exactly the same wiring). I have a 2015 Gibson Les Paul special DC. There is no shielding and cable don`t touch ground or anything. I shield my friend’s guitars with this tape, https://polymertape.com/products/copper-tape, it’s actually good, easy and effective. As ground is common for both I’ve put their ground in the jack’s sleeve. Anyway, I’m trying to put a preconfigured Strat pickguard in a Squire I picked up. I suggest this for any player looking to reduce extraneous noise. Pretty cool, right? Not all pickups need to have a ground going to Earth. If you were to add jumpers between pots, you’d be creating a “Ground Loop,” and introducing noise into your circuit. If there is no terminal, attaching a grounding wire securely to a metal part of the board chassis will also ground the mixer. Thanks so much! Thank you for your help ! When you solder the black lead from the Bridge Pickup to ground, the Steel Plate gets grounded as well. You’d be wrong if you did. If your Multimeter reads “0.L”, you have a severed connection, and this is at least one of your problems. Cheers! Definitely sounds like something is not grounded properly – do you happen to have a metal pickguard, or conductive paint? I never knew multiple grounds could produce noise. Each component should be grounded and connected to a common Earth ground. The Pickup has a steel plate underneath that the screws thread into that is connected to ground. Rub the pickguard with a dryer sheet! but I thought it was a fantastic question and I’d like to address it here. You can run into trouble with a Strat, for example – you’ll see conductive shielding on the back of the pickguard in contact with the paint in addition to a wire – this forms a loop. What’s with that, and should I connect it to one of the pots? Hey Fabrizio. I’d start there. I use the tele 3 way switch to control this “system” so that I can have only guitar(bridge pickup to the guitar amp), only “bass”( octave downed neck pickup to bass amp) or both at the same time. For one, using wire to ground a series of pots in a circle creates a one-turn coil. Properly wired and grounded. Don’t settle for some one-size-fits-all generic pickguard. First with the loop in place, and then with it cut ? I’m a courious guy with special needs. When i put only the neck pickup at the pickguard sometimes getting quieterand after I pressed it it starrt working. The first time this occurred I got the guitar to my bench and tried every way I could think of to properly ground the guitar. Our Strat Prewired Pickguards are the perfect product for anyone who wants the Fralin Tone, instantly. Why wouldn’t I connect the output jack cable to one of the control panel bolts with a ring terminal, I advised the guy to swap the pickguard which he did and the problem was solved. The point in grounding to the bridge is to connect the strings to the ground loop. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated! Helps but really not required. Inside the guitar, there’s usually a wire from the bridge or tailpiece that runs to ground. Ive done this many times and never had this problem. A Ground (or Earth) connection is a term that relates to a multitude of topics related to electrical engineering. These are all sources of EMI, and there are thousands of them all around us. The Telecaster Control Plate pictured below is connecting all electronics. Follow the following steps here: With your guitar’s electronic cavities open, turn your multimeter to the D.C. Resistance setting, about 20K. It’s hot a continuous noise, it occurs when first touch like you should get shocked when it happens. All agree that the bridge of an electric guitar should be grounded by running a wire from the bridge to the common grounding connection usually on the tone pot. This provides for a cleaner and more consistent circuit as opposed to running a separate ground to the bridge for each component. Customers have complained, it’s rare, that when they touch or rub a certain area of a pickguard, strat or tele, that it makes a static like noise or crackling through to the amp. Easy right? As always, we only use the finest-quality USA-Made parts we can find. Bridge pickup has a copper base and the bridge pickup cavity is just a tiny bit wider than the copper plate. Many thanks. If you look at vintage telecasters, Leo Fender era, pre cbs guitars, the output ground is hooked from tone pot, but ground wires from pickups is solder to volume pots. Right now I have very little noise coming from either P-90 I’m Loving the sound over the stock Gibson P-90’s. Sounds frustrating. It turns out, a human being makes a pretty good EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) antennae! I hope this helps. Would that be asking for trouble? So, Steve, I recommend that you change out your pickguards. The Fender Telecaster is one of the better-known guitars to use a metal control cavity cover, but there are plenty of others.