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Tips & Techniques:Guitar ground buzz

Got a problem with your guitar buzzing when you take your hands off it? Try this tip with 2 cables with METAL connectors: On the cable at the jack of your guitar, duct tape the connector of another cable to the metal cover, and stick the other end of that cable down your ahem, shorts. this keeps your body always grounded to your instrument.

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Created by johndykstra, 20th February 2008 at 05:23 PM
Last edited by mw, 27th March 2012 at 03:05 PM
Last comment by guysharpless on 28th March 2010 at 09:55 PM
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Old 25th February 2008
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Russ (Al) Prat's Avatar

guitar ground buzz

I never tried sticking it down my shorts, I'm a little nervous about putting anything electrical down there (I lived in Argentina during the dirty war...) however, I found that when using a DI or stompbox I could take off my shoes and sox and step on the metal jack cover and eleminate the buzz that way. Is there any solution a little more high tec?
Old 13th June 2008
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Jussi Kraft's Avatar
lifting the ground from the DI-box could help.
Old 28th March 2010
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guysharpless's Avatar

looking for a last buzz huh?

the buzz is caused by the ground being lost in either your axe or your cable. By using yourself as a defacto ground you risk a shock if you step into a puddle, or grab a grounded piece of metal. while there aren't many artists who've given their lives for their craft you up your odds significantly by making a ground that could travel through your chest (left hand through the chest cavity to whereever you've grounded your cable). It takes about a quarter of an amp to kill.

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