shielding my les paul....


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slashs_#1_fan
10-16-2007, 10:17 PM
My les paul has a grounding issue where at high gains, if you dont touch the guitar, the hum is awful! it reduces when you touch it though - even though it is wired correctly and grounded to the bridge....

I was wondering if the following would work?

could i coat the area where the pots are with this?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Conductive-Shielding-Paint-Guitar-Shielding_W0QQitemZ200160784640QQihZ010QQcategoryZ42455QQcmdZViewItem

or maybe this?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DiMarzio-SHIELDING-FOIL-TAPE-Cooper-3-5-X-24_W0QQitemZ200157074610QQihZ010QQcategoryZ1288QQcmdZViewItem



would that make a difference? would it reduce the hum? its a fantastic guitar but the hum is irritating me.


The pots look old and rusty - would replacing them help? As I say, the guitar appears to be grounded to the bridge, but there is still a grounding noise problem. Please help

Distortedyouth
10-16-2007, 10:24 PM
i have this same problem, it creates cool feedback tho at high volumes, so it's kinda cool. it just gets really annoyng wen i sit down and try to write some lyrics or somthing while i have the guitar around me and im not touching it.

slashs_#1_fan
10-16-2007, 10:26 PM
i find it too irritating to ignore - even though i touch the guitar when i play (obviously) so there is no issue when i play, it just really irritates me and i want it sorted!

andy_h04
10-17-2007, 01:16 AM
Same problem too, trust me. touch a laptop it amplifies that hum to higher volumes

ECistheBest
10-17-2007, 01:18 AM
it's that tape works better than paint. but paint is obviously easier

slashs_#1_fan
10-17-2007, 05:42 AM
could i paint it and then tape over the paint just to make sure!!?!?

CM_X5
10-17-2007, 06:15 AM
That would maybe be overdoing it but you can never be too sure I guess.

slashs_#1_fan
10-17-2007, 11:31 AM
well im more that happy to over-do it to ensure the buzz definately goes!! my only question is whether using paint and tape would like counteract it or something and it wouldnt work or something!

CM_X5
10-17-2007, 04:39 PM
Yeah I'm overly paranoid about some stuff like that too. As far as counter-acting I really wouldn't know, maybe someone else can help.

qotsa1998
10-17-2007, 04:52 PM
id think that replacing the pots would help some. sheilding the pickup cavities with some tape or maybe the control cavitiy would definately help. And around certain things, like flouresent lighting and computers, it just happens.

slashs_#1_fan
10-17-2007, 04:56 PM
oh yeah, you inevitably get buzz in a room with lots of electrical equiptment in - i just get it in an empty room too! - ill replace the pots and use the tape to shield the guitar and then report back so the other people here with the same problem can know if it worked - may take a while though, i dont get paid until 1st november