#1
I just bought a MIM strat at a pawn shop, and expected to have problems. Problem is, i have no clue how to fix this particular problem.

when i plug into an amp clean, it's perfectly fine. If i put any kind of distortion on it, it rings to high heaven.

Help! What could be wrong with my guitar? i'm assuming the pickups/wiring are messed up SOMEWHERE, but i have no idea what it could be or what is going wrong.

Thanks for any and all help.
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#2
what do you mean ring?
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#4
bad grounding and single coils. look up shielding and grounding its easy enough. other than that get new pickups or you have to deal with the 60 cycle hum
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#5
Is it like a high pitch squealing? Can you get it to go away by turning the guitar down or turning the amp down?

Preliminary guess, it might be a microphonic pickup. I had one once it they screech like freakin hyenas, especially with distortion.
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#6
basically what you said kevin, it's a high pitch squealing that goes away by turning the guitar down.

what does having a microphonic pickup mean? do i have to replace the set or just that one specific pickup?

thanks all. i will post pictures of my wiring and pickups tomorrow.
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#7
Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan had a guitar that acted in a similar way. He recorded the song Mayonaise with it. The guitar squeals several times in the song. Classic.
#8
this is more painfully annoying and obnoxious.
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#9
If you got it from a pawn shop before it was traded inthe PUPS may have been changed into cheap ones,or the wireing is screwed.
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#10
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basically what you said kevin, it's a high pitch squealing that goes away by turning the guitar down.

what does having a microphonic pickup mean? do i have to replace the set or just that one specific pickup?

thanks all. i will post pictures of my wiring and pickups tomorrow.



Is it just one pup that does it? Are you using a lot of gain or playing very loudly? Are you using single coils or humbuckers?
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#11
it is any pickup. i can play with a little gain, or lots, it doesn't matter. it still rings. the ring is controlled by the volume though. if i turn it up to a certain point, it won't ring till i pass a certain volume. the ring i can make quieter by turning down.

i can also use any variation to attain a certain volume, too. i can turn down on my pedals, turn the guitar down, or turn down the amp. either way, the volume seems to be the dictating factor.

they are single coils.

whenever i play clean, the pickups don't sound cheap. they sound like a normal MIM strat.
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Last edited by blues_ at Jul 23, 2009,
#12
What amp are you using? If it's a tube amp it might be a microphonic tube. Seeing as it's all your pups it won't be a microphonic pup, the odds against are astronomical.
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#13
the thing is, i've played directly through a PA system and it still was like that. and through my amp obviously, which is an Orange crush 30r.

i will post a picture of the wiring when i get home.
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#14
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this is more painfully annoying and obnoxious.


So is his... He bought the guitar for 65 bucks and everytime he stopped playing it would make that sound. Use it to your advantage unless its the only guitar you have, then I would fix it lol.
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So is his... He bought the guitar for 65 bucks and everytime he stopped playing it would make that sound. Use it to your advantage unless its the only guitar you have, then I would fix it lol.


it's certainly not the only guitar i own. on a note, i just realized i haven't updated my sig. in forever.

anyways, i plan on fixing it.
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it's certainly not the only guitar i own. on a note, i just realized i haven't updated my sig. in forever.

anyways, i plan on fixing it.



Well, unless you desperately think you should fix it, I don't think you should... I know I certainly wouldn't, who knows what kind of cool noises you can make with it
#17
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Well, unless you desperately think you should fix it, I don't think you should... I know I certainly wouldn't, who knows what kind of cool noises you can make with it



I'm sorry man, but you are dumb. Every time I see you post it's something completely irrelevant and usually quite idiotic. The guy is asking how to fix it, not what you'd do with the guitar.

Does it do it with no pedals? Maybe you have a bad pedals that's screeching or something? Well, you did say that's the only guitar, do any of your other guitars have single coils? You might have a bad ground or something in the guitar, maybe check to see both the wires are soldered properly to the jack.
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#18
thanks so much for helping with this kevin.

i will have to check when i get home, seeing as i am at work right now.

thanks again all, irrelevant or not.
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#19
No problem, sorry for startin crap in your thread, ever since that guy joined I see him posting non sense all over the place, he bumped a 2 yr old thread the other day to chime in on some mundane detail
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#20
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No problem, sorry for startin crap in your thread, ever since that guy joined I see him posting non sense all over the place, he bumped a 2 yr old thread the other day to chime in on some mundane detail


I never bumped a 2 year old thread...
#21
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I never bumped a 2 year old thread...



My bad, it was the post above yours, either way, you're really annoying.
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#22
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My bad, it was the post above yours, either way, you're really annoying.


Eh, fair enough.

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#23
^Fair enough, but learn, don't spout non sense.
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#24
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Eh, fair enough.

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Amen.

There's so much knowledge just waiting to be read. i am always impressed with some people's knowledge (i.e. Kevin).

Work is slow, and my guitar is waiting to be fixed and played. leaving a tad bit early, anyone?
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#25
doitnao. First thing I'd check is your output jack, I loose wires are common there. Plus, it's much easier to get to than under the pickguard.
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#26
i've checked the input jack, and there was a wire loose.

i'm not sure what all that means though?

i am not gonna lie, i checked that when i first got it, and eager to play i just duct taped it the loose wire to where i thought it was supposed to go. i realize this is extremely unprofessional, but it did solve that issue.

before, when that wire was loose, it wouldn't even play. after i *cringe* taped the wire to it's proper place, i was able to get a signal from my guitar.
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#27
That could be your problem, solder it on there properly and see if that doesn't sort you. If you can't or don't want to solder (I suggest you do, it's very easy and opens worlds of possibilities) take it to a tech, they could probably do it on the spot for next to nothing.
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