This crackling noise

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  1. alxne

    alxne Member

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    I have two guitars and they both make the same crackling noise if I play open strings or if I just stop playing there is this crackling noise. I know what's coming, its single coil guitar. But it comes through on recordings too. When I listen music I never hear these crackles. How do I stop it?
    Here's a short recording of it you can hear the crackle come and go
    https://clyp.it/olch54gj
     
  2. HIDDEN

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    Yea I know what you mean...just keep the Rice Krispies away and you’ll be fine
     
  3. Flogger59

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    When recording single coils you need to do a few things.

    1) Find Mecca. The guitar's physical orientation changes the amount of hum. Move the guitar around until you find the spot where the noise is the least, then don't move.

    2) Get good with lowering the guitar volume between phrases. Anyone who has played a dive with neon lights and a beer fridge on the same circuit as the stage power develops this faculty.

    3) Recordings tend not to reflect reality. On top of player technique to lower noise, they'll also go through the track to edit out undesirable sounds.
     
  4. sitedrifter

    sitedrifter Gold Supporting Member

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    try a different guitar cable and if your amp as multiple inputs, try a different one.
    sounds like a cable to me, not single coils at all
     
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    Sounds like a cable.

    Or you are not grounded when playing the open strings. You should always have one hand making contact with the strings or bridge.
     
  6. BluesForDan

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    single coils hum/buzz they don't crackle.
     
  7. alxne

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    I've tried a few different cables, different brands it sounded exactly the same.
    I admit my left hand wasn't on the guitar when I played the open strings, to keep them open. When I put my hand on the strings or play a normal chord that crackle sound does stop until I take my hand off.
     
  8. BluesForDan

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    grounding issue most likely
     
  9. alxne

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    So am I stuck with it? Had this issue for years
     
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  11. K-Line

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    Sounds like static.
     
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  12. Madison

    Madison Member

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    I bought a new tele a year ago and it recently started doing this. I took off the pickguard and it stopped. So far I haven't identified the issue and for the time being am playing sans pickguard and no crackling.

    Update: cut a piece of dryer sheet, placed under the pickguard, no more static.
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2020
  13. alxne

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  14. smithguitars

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    I bought the Boss Wireless thingy and it helped my crackles tremendously. Old house, noisy electrical, lots of RF...
     

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