shielding my les paul....


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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?

or maybe this?

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

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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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