Tele Snap Crackle Pop

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  1. johnhenry

    johnhenry Supporting Member

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    I have a '68 Tele that sounds great overall, but has a crack/pop sound in the neck and middle pickup positions (not the bridge). It's not really like a scratchy pot sound, but rather more a sharp intermittent "tick". Could it be a wiring thing, or maybe dust? Any suggestions?
     
  2. DANOCASTER

    DANOCASTER Supporting Member

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    touch the tele's neck pickup cover and see if you hear a click / pop ?

    You may need to ground the cover. It should be grounded but it can break or develop isues. That would make sense because the sounds you're hearing are in the neck / middle positions only

    give that a shot :AOK
     
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    Have you found any relationship between the noises and touching any controls or grounds, or does it just seem to happen sporadically while playing?
     
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    It's static discharge from the pickgaurd.

    Really hard to solve this,shielding doesn't help,
    rub a dryer sheet on the pickguard,probably
    helps a little.It will help.

    Try to avoid rubbing the pickguard over the lead
    from neck pickup to control cavity.

    Even a thick layer of foil under the pickguard and
    grounding this foil will not totally cure it.
     
  5. johnhenry

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    Thanks to all-- I'm going to experiment with each of these until I find the cure. Is it possible it's worse when I play my old tweed Champ vs my '70 Princeton Reverb, or is that my overactive imagination?
     
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    Well, I did the dryer sheet trick, and not only did the sound go away, but my guitar smells fresh as a country morning. I also noticed when I ran my hand along the back I had similar static sounds which the dryer sheet fixed (the whole guitar seemed to be static charged). I don't know how long this will last, but thanks to all.
     
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    Zombie thread resurrection! This is what makes TGP a great resource: I was searching for info on this same issue on google and came across a link to this thread. I tried the dryer sheet trick and it worked like a charm.........and my guitar (also) smells as fresh as a country morning.....
     
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    DANOCASTER Supporting Member

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    another trick to prevent the guard from getting a static charge is to take it off and rough sand the backside of the guard - I use 240 grit
     
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    Another trick is to keep your Home Humidified in the Winter.
     
  10. DANOCASTER

    DANOCASTER Supporting Member

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    :beer

    exactly... I've been running mine every nite !!
     

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