Hi,I'm just finishing building my first hubcap guitar but I'm having issues with the wiring and hope someone can suggest a solution. I've got a basic single coil pickup with a volume control, I've…Continue
"Don't know about a ground loop, how would I check to see if this is the case? I've just tried wiring the pickup directly to the output Jack. There's only a very quiet hum (sounds like when I my 6 string is plugged in) but no sound…"
"Just 1 thing i didn't mention above, is the chance you have a ground loop, not normally an issue with a metal guitar, but it comes up at times when 1 fixture is isolated from the steel body, and the grounding goes to it, and returns to the…"
Thanks everyone for your help. I've changed the lead from my amp and I've been back over my wiring and resoldered everything, all the connections seem solid enough. The hum/buzzing has almost gone but there is no sound at all from the…"
"scratchy/crackle while playing sounds are from a bad contact, a loose jack, bad instrument wire partially proken inside, a volume pot gone dirty will crackle as you turn the knob. a bad solder joint will vibrate and make intermittent contact…"
"That sounds like a bad joint, or even a bad lead from git to amp, crackle almost always indicates something moving or intermittant contact, and sometimes a bad pot, eliminate them 1 by 1, I'd start by checking your lead with another git, then,…"
"I've now been back over my wiring and it looks OK (not the neatest soldering you'll ever see but they joints seem solid enough). I've tried connecting the pickup directly to the jack, the buzz has quietened down quite a bit but…"
"Hi JL, touching any of the parts does reduce the buzzing, I've tried another cable and it's the same, when I plug my commercially produced guitar into my amp there is a very faint hum but nowhere near as load as with the hubcap. I think I…"
"does touching the strings, metal part of the volume knob, metal cover on the instrument cable or the hex nut for the jack change the sound?
have you tried a different instrument cable?
does the same cable and amp not make noise when you plug in your…"
"Normally, no, steel body guitars are usually better for grounding for that very reason, a couple of things i'd check though, 1st, are the strings being grounded, or have you insulated them from the body? 2nd is a bit more involved, you may have…"
Hi,I'm just finishing building my first hubcap guitar but I'm having issues with the wiring and hope someone can suggest a solution. I've got a basic single coil pickup with a volume control, I've followed various wiring guides online regarding grounding etc but I still get a massive buzzing when I plug it in. I'm wondering if this is because the whole thing is basically a metal box? Should I insulate the components from the metal body so that just the ground wires are in contact with it?ThanksSee More