Strat Switch Microphonic?

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  1. Lolaviola

    Lolaviola Supporting Member

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    Is ther a trick to getting the switch on a strat to behave quietly?
    My whole pickguard is very loud, when tapped, especially when switching pickups.
    It seems that some guitars are more or less prone to this.

    Does anyone actually ground the switch?
     
  2. fumbler

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    Could be microphonic pickups and the vibrations are transferring through the pickguard. Do you know if this strat has cheap import parts or not?

    It's not likely a grounding problem. Besides, if you have any kind of shielding on the back of your pickguard, then the metal parts of the switch (other than the contacts!) are already grounded. You could check connectivity between the switch screws and the bridge with a multimeter without having to open 'er up.
     
  3. Lolaviola

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    Well the pickups themselves are pretty microphonic, as in when the pick touches the pole, there's a great big clack thru the amp.
     
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    That's what it is then, not the switch.
     
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    It's the pickups. I do not LIKE a silent switch, I want to hear it through the amp. Microphonic pickups are the best, IMO, though I do not play high-gain, so my needs might be different.

    Part of good tone is microphonics.
     
  6. Lolaviola

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    Agreed. On listening again, it is sounding pretty good; I'll just leave it. They're 57/62 BTW.
     
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