Help: my pick guard sounds like bacon cooking when I touch it.

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  1. Derelict

    Derelict Member

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    I changed the pick ups on my guitar, actually just a bridge pick up, i never undid the pick guard on my tele, and now when I touch the pick guard it sounds like fuzzy bacon frying on the stove. Please help.


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  2. Cleet Mongaire

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    Put the bacon in a pan and THEN on the stove, that should quiet it down.

    Sounds like the pup is not grounded.
     
  3. dysorexia

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    What's it smell like? Ground the wire, son.
     
  4. Dale

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    It sounds like grounding to me as well.
     
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    Could be the ground wire that touches the bridge plate, I alway have to play with that wire when I do anything with the bridge pups on my teles.
     
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    check the ground. also rub it with a drier sheet.
     
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    Some guards generate huge amounts of static when rubbed.

    jon
     
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    This guy has the same problem.
     
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    Sounds like static to me. As others have said wipe it down with a dryer sheet. That should help. Some folks even stuff a couple dryer sheets under their pickguard and leave them there. They swear by it. Good luck... I've been there and it's annoying.
     
  12. Strum und Twang

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    Yep, I "Bounced" the Tele this morning in response to the amount of dryness and static here in the Texas Panhandle. Problem resolved - for the time being.
     
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    it would go good with the Gibson 'burnt maple boards that way you have the sound and the smell of bacon
     
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    put that with finish with that maple board you have the sound, smell, and look of bacon

    Talk about a mans guitars
     
  15. drolling

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    Hey, I have a Parker P-38 (cross between a Fly & a tele) that had the same problem; Crackling/popping sounds when I touched the pickguard

    I had success with the dryer sheets, but not having a dryer at the time, I got sick of having to bum the sheets off my neighbour, so I installed a piece of adhesive-backed copper foil to the underside of the guard

    Cured the problem instantly & forever!

    BTW, I got my foil in the stained glass section of a local hobby/crafts shop. Bought a huge sheet for a fraction of the price of a small piece of the same material they sell in the accessories dept. of most guitar/music stores
     
  16. stevieboy

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    I'm having trouble with the image of "fuzzy bacon."

    I'm inclined to also think it's static electricity. But I also wonder that if it never happened before you changed the pickup and then started happening as soon as you changed it that something in the change might have caused it. But then again, I also have to wonder how not grounding the bridge pickup as is commonly done would manifest itself by crackling when just touching the pickguard, which isn't in contact with the bridge or the pickup--could be, feel free to enlighten me. This is tough one! But using the old adage of trying the easiest solution first, I'd go with the dryer sheet and see if it helps.

    One thing to remember is that winter often brings dry air, and heating systems also often will dry the air inside. Static issues with pickguards often occur in the winter and not other times, maybe the occurrence is coincidental to the pickup change.
     
  17. Derelict

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    Thanks guys!!! Will try and report back
     
  18. joshbaezmusic

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    Actually, you might just have some static on the pickguard! I had this same problem a few weeks ago. My solution: wipe down the pickguard with a dryer cloth. Trust me.. if it is static, this will work beautifully.
     
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    static on the pickguard, experiencing the same thing myself right now, will be putting copper shielding on the guard next string change and then grounding it to the bridge
     
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    That took care of it. All I did was wipe down the pick guard and it took care of all the static; amazing! I have had this in the past and couldn't figure out how to fix it. For good measure I went ahead and put a dryer sheet underneath the pickguard in the control cavity. Thanks guys!!
     

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