#1
Alrighty, greetings everyone!

So, I'm a guitar n00b, yes, but I'm also keen for a sweet tone.
And what happened is me taking my pretty expensive SS Amp,
tossing it away and getting a Full Tube Combo.

Now, I got a MIM "Vintage" Strat with (surprise!) vintage S-S-S
Pickups. Now, here's the deal. When I plug my guitar in, there's
a little "ssssshhhhhh" kinda buzz. What's interesting to me as
a n00b is this: when I put my hand on the strings, the extra
hum goes away. When I put my hand off, it returns.


Is all this kinda normal?

Thx a ton & keep on rockin'!
#2
Yeah, it's just the single coils. It should go away if you switch to positions 2 or 4.
Alvarez dreadnought
Gibson SG
EC-1000
Homemade Strat (seymour duncan classic stack p/ups)
Vox Tonelab (original desktop model) with full board footswitch
Vox AD50
Avatar V30 4x12 cab
#3
It's a grounding issue, my MIM Strat has the same problem, I'm just too lazy to fix it.

And great call on getting a valve combo, any ideas what you're getting?
"Breathe, breathe in the air
Don't be afraid to care"

Fender Strat/Tokai LS80>few pedals>Orange Rocker 30
#5
Quote by ibanez4life SZ!
Poor grounding in the wiring of your guitar. Get it checked.

I have the same problem sometimes with my LP Standard. I have the stock BurstBucker Pro pickups. I notice it most when I crank my amp way up, and it's not feedback cause it happens no matter how far I stand. Is it a grounding issue too?
Geniuses are like poets, they speak in metaphors.
-Fly
#8
Thx so far to everyone who answered!

Quote by R_H_C_P
And great call on getting a valve combo, any ideas what you're getting?


Sure, I'm a getting a "Hughes & Kettner Addition Tube 20th Anniversary" 20W Combo Amp.
I listened to it in the shop, alongside other amps, for like 4 hours. It's small, but very
punchy, with creamy cleans. It has 2 channels (clean & dirty), 3-Band-Eq, Volume
for the clean channel, Master & Gain for the distortion channel and a very gentle
spring reverb. Also on board: FX Loop, a footswitch jack and a ext. speaker out.
It's a closed type cabinet, sounds great when quiet, sounds great when loud.
Nice, gentle distortion is achievable at home without going in the "kill zone".
Tone-wise, it's an interesting yet a successful (at least to me) blend between
Fender's Clean and Marshall's Crunch with a slight VOX touch, however this amp
clearly has it's own signature tone. You can go all the way from classical pieces, to
bell-like blues, to bluesy overdrive, to classic rock, to punchy and screaming leads and
all this with an incredible transparent and also full and warm sound. Tubes certainly rock.
Addition (for us 'gearheads'): it sports the 12" Rockdriver Cream Eminence Loudspeaker.

Back to my original question: at the store the "wiseguy" told me, that it's a normal
S-S-S Pickup situation and when you touch strings with a hand, you instantly
provide a better grounding so it doesn't hum. He, of course did not mention (sic),
that it might be a guitar problem per se, which is fixable. So is it actually fixable?
Last edited by Venetti at Sep 30, 2006,
#9
^Nice! I've always wondered what those amps sound like, good luck!
"Breathe, breathe in the air
Don't be afraid to care"

Fender Strat/Tokai LS80>few pedals>Orange Rocker 30