#1
I was jamming once with someone in my apartment. And i ve heard a song (not just a guitar, A SONG ) comming out of my amp. Then the song ended and i figured out it was the radio because i ve heard the radio dj.

And i wasn't having any cell phone in my pocket, no radio, nothing that can recieve signals but the guitar.
SO MY QUESTION IS ? Can the guitar pick ups recieve a radio signal just from the air, and get that propagated through the amp ?

EDIT: That's a common thing then, what's the weirdest sound did you get out of your amp ?!
Last edited by SocialismCross at Jan 27, 2009,
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Quote by SocialismCross
I was jamming once with someone in my apartment. And i ve heard a song (not just a guitar, A SONG ) comming out of my amp. Then the song ended and i figured out it was the radio because i ve heard the radio dj.

And i wasn't having any cell phone in my pocket, no radio, nothing that can recieve signals but the guitar.
SO MY QUESTION IS ? Can the guitar pick ups recieve a radio signal just from the air, and get that propagated through the amp ?


If your amp is a tube amp the tubes themselves can pick up the radio station and produce it through your speakers. Radio transmitters many many decades ago use tubes to produce these signals.

Tubes work by passing electricity through air/vacuum and sometimes it can pick up and recieve ambient radio signals.
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Last edited by SlashWannabe1 at Jan 27, 2009,
#3
That happened once while I was playing an old squier Bass. Freakin' weird.
#4
I don't know how it happens but I've gotten it from my tiny no name solid state practice amp too. So it's not just tube amps that get the radio signals.
#5
It happens to amps more often than the guitar. It has to do with certain parts not being shielded when they should be. In the Rage Against the Machine song "Sleep Now in the Fire," this happens one of Tom Morello's old amps. You can hear it at the end of the song. If you can find a demo of the song, it is throughout the whole song.
#6
yeh this happens all the time with my mates amps but only at his house, good ol noise suppressor took care of it tho


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#7
Quote by end_citizen
It happens to amps more often than the guitar. It has to do with certain parts not being shielded when they should be. In the Rage Against the Machine song "Sleep Now in the Fire," this happens one of Tom Morello's old amps. You can hear it at the end of the song. If you can find a demo of the song, it is throughout the whole song.


ahhh for tom morello especially, i wouldn't be surprised to hear the sound of a launched rocket comming out of his amp.
#8
this actually is common it also happens to televisions , cell phones , computers usually because you are near a Radio tower. what happens is the signal bleeds . if it happened with your television i would suggest putting an rf filter on your Cable or antenna. however, it is your amp and the only real cure is to move it .
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Quote by VicVanity
this actually is common it also happens to televisions , cell phones , computers usually because you are near a Radio tower. what happens is the signal bleeds . if it happened with your television i would suggest putting an rf filter on your Cable or antenna. however, it is your amp and the only real cure is to move it .


yea, i'm familiar with that stuff happening to tv's, cells...etc. But it was just weird to get that out of the amp.
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Quote by end_citizen
It happens to amps more often than the guitar. It has to do with certain parts not being shielded when they should be. In the Rage Against the Machine song "Sleep Now in the Fire," this happens one of Tom Morello's old amps. You can hear it at the end of the song. If you can find a demo of the song, it is throughout the whole song.


Actually Tom has only one amp. a Marshall JCM 800 2205. but to be not total of topic. Same thing happened to me once when I had my wah on and would hold the guitar in a specific diraction.

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#11
this annoyed me so much because it happened everytime i used my preamp. I changed the location of my amp to downstairs and it went away.
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#12
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ahhh for tom morello especially, i wouldn't be surprised to hear the sound of a launched rocket comming out of his amp.



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#13
that happened to me too, i was playing and that i started to a heard a news report from my amp
#14
It can also come from unshielded pedals (especially wahs) and even from improper grounding/leaking of signal from the electricity sockets in your walls (don't ask me how though.)
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