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Old 09-21-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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EMG Pickups Noisy

About a year ago i bought a ESP LTD with EMP pickups and it was absolutely quiet with the distortion on. I stopped playing for a while and recently picked it up. Now it is always noisy, only sometimes the noise is cancelled. I use a Peavey 6505 112. I replaced the battery in the guitar and still noisy. Any ideas?

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Old 09-21-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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Can you describe the type of noise? It may be a grounding problem with your amp. Try using a different plug in a different part of your house first.

Try to rule out everything first before we blame either the pickups or the electronics.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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It sounds like radio static. I'll try a different outlet/diff part of house
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:20 PM   #4
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I tried a different outlet in a diff part of the house but I'm still getting the radio static noise. Could it possibly be a bad cable? I only have one monster cable... maybe I should try a new one?
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:53 PM   #5
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I tried a different outlet in a diff part of the house but I'm still getting the radio static noise. Could it possibly be a bad cable? I only have one monster cable... maybe I should try a new one?


Yeap - could well be the cable. I'd say that 99% of noise problems are not to do with the guitar itself. If you eliminate everything else then you can start to look at your guitar.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:31 PM   #6
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oh boy, noise out of a peavey 6505 combo (I had some issues that wound up being due to the amp being incorrectly shielded from the factory)

- try a different outlet in a different room
- avoid rooms with tv's, computers, fluorescent lights (these can cause noise)
- look inside your guitar- do all the connections look nice and shiny or are some of them dull? if you tug on soldered connections, do they all feel equally snug?
- try a different cable
- try a different ac mains cable (the power cable into your amp)
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:37 PM   #7
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- look inside your guitar- do all the connections look nice and shiny or are some of them dull? if you tug on soldered connections, do they all feel equally snug?




Dont tug to hard.. ive had Wires Break doing that...
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:49 PM   #8
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Dont tug to hard.. ive had Wires Break doing that...


very good point. just pull until you feel that the connection is in fact solid. as soon as you feel that the connection is holding, you've pulled hard enough
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:37 PM   #9
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a) Check pickup batteries.

b) Check cables.

c) Check amp (plug in another guitar if possible).

Will be one of those. If it's the battery... change it. if it's the cables... change them. If it's the tubes in the amp... change them.
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:57 PM   #10
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Ok this will sound odd but happened to me with my RR3 when it had SD pups....
You say you haven't played in a while, have you by any chance moved house since?
The reason I ask is that everywhere I lived apart from where I do now my SD pups weren't that bad for noise but here they're awful. I figure that there is just a lot of electromagnetic interference where my house is, probably from a nearby aircon unit for the shop next door or just a really noisy mains supply.

EDIT: BTW There was nothing wrong with the wiring in the RR3, everything was absolutely fine, it was just noisy in this particular house.

This explanation may well be a long shot but thought i'd throw it out there just incase. As for the solution I used, well I just wound up using some noise reduction :/

It's a non issue now though as EMG's seem to be mostly silent here even without noise reduction (so long as i sit in the right positon) and those are the pups i'm using these days.

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Old 09-22-2012, 11:00 AM   #11
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Tubes? Is your amp tweaked differently than before? Try different cables. Also do you have any FX? If you do, try unplugging them and plug your guitar straight to the amp. And try different guitars. Also try your guitar through another amp.
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:25 PM   #12
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a) Check pickup batteries.

b) Check cables.

c) Check amp (plug in another guitar if possible).

Will be one of those. If it's the battery... change it. if it's the cables... change them. If it's the tubes in the amp... change them.



A) changed batteries - no change
B) tried brand new cables - no change
C) my other guitar doesn't have quiet pickups...

I'm going to try my guitar on a friend's amp and see if it's still noisy... if not then it's probably the amp
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:29 PM   #13
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oh boy, noise out of a peavey 6505 combo (I had some issues that wound up being due to the amp being incorrectly shielded from the factory)

- try a different outlet in a different room
- avoid rooms with tv's, computers, fluorescent lights (these can cause noise)
- look inside your guitar- do all the connections look nice and shiny or are some of them dull? if you tug on soldered connections, do they all feel equally snug?
- try a different cable
- try a different ac mains cable (the power cable into your amp)


1) Tried different outlet in a different room (all my rooms have some sort of TV or computer lol)- no change
2) All the connections seem fine
3) Tried a new cable - no change
4) Tried a different AC cable - no change

I have a feeling something might be wrong with the amp
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:37 PM   #14
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then it is time to take the amp into a shop
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:03 PM   #15
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But first try the guitar with another amp so you are sure that it's your amp that fails. And if it's your amp, I would first look at pre amp tubes. If they are microphonic, they produce more noise than usually.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:29 AM   #16
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But first try the guitar with another amp so you are sure that it's your amp that fails. And if it's your amp, I would first look at pre amp tubes. If they are microphonic, they produce more noise than usually.



So i tried my guitar on a different amp and i'm still getting the static

Should I bring my guitar into the shop?
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:36 PM   #17
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^^ OK, then it's pretty clear that it's your guitar that fails. So yes.
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^^ OK, then it's pretty clear that it's your guitar that fails. So yes.


Is this something I can bring into guitar center and they can figure out what's wrong and fix?
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:58 PM   #19
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Buy a soldering iron and watch a couple tutorials on how to swap pups.

Then just resolder all of the connections. There's a bit of a learning curve, but eventually it'll become a 2 minute fix, and it's a skill that every guitarist should have.

You can get a soldering iron and solder for like $15 at Radio Shack, and a spool of solder will last you 10-20 full guitar rewires. Guitar Center will charge you $50 to do that once. You get stupidly overcharged for guitar work and it's really easy.
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Don't do anything if you don't know what's wrong with your guitar. Take it to somebody that can check what's wrong with it. I don't think that costs anything. And after you know what you should do, then do it by yourself if you can.
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