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Old 02-09-2013, 12:07 PM   #1
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Aight guys, so here's my long story short:
I get radio interference when I plug my guitar into an amp (or an interface, doesn't matter). I've checked my cables, my guitar, my grounding, even had some radio technicians come over to my house. Is there any way to solve this annoying piece of shit problem? It drives me nuts when I'm playing, needless to say I can't make any recordings. I know it's a common problem but I have yet to find a way to solve it. Is there anything else I haven't tried or should I consider suicide? Thanks.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:39 PM   #2
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have you tried using a different guitar? I had this problem when I lived in the city, I switched guitars and the problem went away. the pick ups in the guitar that was picking up the radio were not wax potted, and it was old as shit, so I think that had something to do with it
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:51 PM   #3
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You didn't say what kind of guitar, maybe shielding the pick guard /cavity.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:01 PM   #4
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what kind of interference (what does it sound like)?

What kind of guitar (specifically, I'm wondering about the pickups)?
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:55 AM   #5
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You could just make the analog spectrum as irrelevant as possible. Shield the existing electronics cavity in the guitar, use covered pickups, get a digital wireless system built into a new unshielded cavity, and play through a digital modeling system. But if you really want to just plug a cable into an amp and play…move.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:35 AM   #6
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I had the same problem with my old SS amp. It will never go away, never go away, never go away.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:55 AM   #7
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It's a PRS SE Custom 24, I've tried it with my older Washburn, the problem remains in both. They both have passive humbuckers. The interference is just radio playing through my amp, a national station in particular.

JPNYC - I need the amp for the tone, I just love it. I guess there are a few more things I could try as said above, but I suppose moving is my only option. Damn it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:01 AM   #8
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Aight guys, so here's my long story short:
I get radio interference when I plug my guitar into an amp (or an interface, doesn't matter). I've checked my cables, my guitar, my grounding, even had some radio technicians come over to my house. Is there any way to solve this annoying piece of shit problem? It drives me nuts when I'm playing, needless to say I can't make any recordings. I know it's a common problem but I have yet to find a way to solve it. Is there anything else I haven't tried or should I consider suicide? Thanks.


This should be worth a read....

http://www.electrosmog-free-living.com/uk/loesung.php
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:01 AM   #9
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Sounds as if the cable might be acting like an attenna. I believe you said that it happens when you plug into the amp regardless of what is plugged into the other end. The signal is probably being rectified somewhere within the amp. You might have to add some ferrite cores to the power cord and/or guitar cord.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:20 AM   #10
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:22 AM   #11
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Sounds as if the cable might be acting like an attenna. I believe you said that it happens when you plug into the amp regardless of what is plugged into the other end. The signal is probably being rectified somewhere within the amp. You might have to add some ferrite cores to the power cord and/or guitar cord.


No, it does matter what is plugged into the amp - every guitar does this, however, when I plug in a mic, there's no radio interferance.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:30 PM   #12
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No, it does matter what is plugged into the amp - every guitar does this, however, when I plug in a mic, there's no radio interferance.


Does it happen when nothing is plugged into the cord?...in other words, cord is plugged into amp and that's it.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:37 AM   #13
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Does it happen when nothing is plugged into the cord?...in other words, cord is plugged into amp and that's it.



Nope, only when the chain is guitar > cable > amp
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