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Tips & Techniques:Elec Gtr - Ground Hum

Ever experience the frustration of a guitar rig that hums madly the moment the player stops touching the strings? Ground lifts often don't work, and neither does repositioning the player's position relative to any nearby magnetic fields (say, for example, your monitors).

Next time you come across this problem, try this simple solution:

Find a discarded guitar string, or a spare patch cable, and tape one end of it to the guitar's bridge. Make sure that it's not in the player's way! Then take the other end and tape it to the player's side, directly on his or her skin. Now even when the player removes his hands from the strings, the instrument is still grounded to him via the bridge!

Contributors: mw, bgrotto
Created by bgrotto, 14th January 2008 at 05:52 PM
Last edited by mw, 27th March 2012 at 03:05 PM
Last comment by on 29th July 2009 at 12:11 AM
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Old 29th July 2009
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ground it back to the guitar

My solution is almost the same:

i have a fender jaguar that gives a lot of hum when not being played. I took an extra guitar string. I wound it around all of the strings near the bridge by looping the string through the hole at the end of the string. I, then, bent the end of the string at the other end and searched around for a spot inside the pick-up switches. When I found a spot where the hum went away, I taped down the string to the body of the guitar.

But, yes, I've definitely been in on a session where the engineer grounded the bass with a guitar string from the bass to the players wrist. She had to walk around with her bass all session.

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