#1
I have a question if it's normal or not for guitars to do such things, specifically humming.

Should a guitar not produce any hum at all? How is humming produced?
I use an interface to connect it to my computer, and when I'm not touching the metal, I can get a bit of feedback especially if it has distortion. Is this normal or is this irregular?
#2
It can honestly be an assortment of things, such as pups, cables, too much gain, etc. Just try messing around with your guitar and see if you can find a way to fix some of it. Normally there will be some hum with a guitar, but it shouldn't be to the point where it's feeding back like that.
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#3
Feedback is generated usually when you're using a lot of gain or volume. It can be fixed by turning down the gain/volume. Or by using a noise-gate. You pickups might also be microphonic, though that's rarely the case, since most pups are wax-pottet these days.

Single coil pickups produce hum and there's not much you can do about it short of installing noiseless pups or a dummy coil. Humbuckers cancel out hum. Since you're playing through your pc, do you use a tube-monitor or a flatscreen? The former will make your pups him, even if you're using humbuckers. Again, a noise-gate can fix the problem, whether it stems from your screen or not.
#4
Alright I'm just wondering if I should get no noise at all or if it's a bit natural to get it.

It's not really that bad of feedback. It barely happens, only when I'm not touching the metal on my guitar, it creates a very very very small feedback thing in the signal. It's not very noticeable unless it does start feeding back and making a feedback hum.

I'm using an LCD flatscreen btw. Line6 GX as an interface.
I bought a 20 dollar cable from radio shack but I'm not sure if it's honestly that good, because I can hear sound just by tapping on the cable.
Last edited by Clay-man at Aug 27, 2010,
#5
You get hum when you dont touch anything metal. The guitar is grounded to the bridge/all metal parts, ergo, when you touch anything metal, you complete the circuit to the ground.

^LCD screens cause lots inteference.

And yeah get a better cable, sounds like thats shielded terribly.

You can reduce it by shielding the cavities in your guitar with tin foil/shielding tape. And wax potting pickups.
Last edited by beckyjc at Aug 27, 2010,
#6
I figure it would be good for 20 dollars but I guess it's actually complete shit.

I'm using Peavey 6505 on with gain set to 6, green channel with crunch.
I can get rid of most of the hum with noise suppressors/gates but like I said I just want to know if it's normal to get hum in certain instances.
Last edited by Clay-man at Aug 27, 2010,