Sound of guitar strap and watch coming through pickups/amp.

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by MikeyJ, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. MikeyJ

    MikeyJ Member

    Feb 20, 2020
    Hi. First post here. Yay! Don’t know if this if the right place to ask this but anyway, on my 93 MIJ Jaguar, the sound of my strap moving against the body audibly comes through my pickups and amp. I can’t see, by the laws of physics, how this is possible. Only the Jag does it through my rig and I’ve tried different straps. Any thoughts?

    Also, and this goes for all my guitars, when I place my wrist close to the pickups, it VERY audibly comes through. I wear my watch on my right arm (I’m left handed but play right handed) so proximity may be the problem but I’ve been playing for 30 years and it’s never been an issue. Tried different power supplies (and different watches!) and it still happens, even without gain. Tried isolating every pedal too and it still does it. Anyone ever encounter this?

  2. russ6100

    russ6100 Member

    Dec 26, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    If your strap rubbing against the guitar's body is audible through your amp, your pickups are microphonic.

    You can try "potting" them in wax or you can replace them.
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  3. dougb415

    dougb415 Silver Supporting Member

    Oct 27, 2005
    Urbana IL
    One of my old Teles did that. Annoying AF!
  4. Kingpin2

    Kingpin2 Member

    Dec 20, 2017
    Never had an issue with a strap, but definitely with my watch. I have an old analog Seiko self winding watch and I have to wear it on my left wrist to solve this problem. Like you, I'm also left handed but play right, so I "should" wear my watch on my right wrist, but all my guitars pick up the ticking.
  5. eigentone

    eigentone Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    Metal Straplocks on my basses are the worst. Yup, unpotted pickups. I switched to Lockit Straps.

    Watch um… is it a wireless device? I know if I put my phone near pickups while it is transferring data I get all kinds of static noise. If so, keep the wireless devices far from the pickups.
  6. drfrankencopter

    drfrankencopter Member

    Feb 17, 2006
    Almost certainly it’s microphonic pickups. Try tapping on the body or pickups themselves to try and figure out which pickup is the worst offender.

    I’m having the same issue with the bridge pickup on my tele...probably will need to get the pickup re-potted.

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