#1
Im wiring a guitar and would just to know for peace of mind. Is there any chance the guitar could be dangerous if I wire it slightly wrong or make a little mistake? I dont want to get a shock! Cheers
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#2
if you have like a heart tempo thing in ur body, then it will kill you. but if you don't, it's nothing.
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#3
but if i make sure i follow all instructions its safe yeh?
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#4
For the most part it wouldnt hurt you. Soldering would be the most dangerous part. but just dont touch the metal part and you'll be fine sport
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#5
Thanks man. I always had the feeling that wiring my own guitar would somehow electrify the strings or something and give me an almightly shock! Mmm i did burn my finger buts all good thus far! Cheers
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#6
lol. i've burned my feet, thigh, hand, thumb, elbow, everything except my face and my ****. i'm glad. lol

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#8
Thanks people. Well ive completed the wiring and pluged it in and everything seems ok (cant play yet as the neck needs fixing!). If I touch the earthed plate at the back of the guitar with a damp finger it makes a slight cracking noise, so it this normal? cheers again
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#9
sounds right. try poking the pick ups with something metal whilst plugged into an amp. should make a kind of popping noise
#10
Ahh alls good then. I just realised that teh earth is connected to the volume pot etc and then the back. Doesnt this mean that strings are always electrified with whatever current that goes into the guitar? Im kinda curious about that one.
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#11
No, the earth is connected to the volume pot and the strings so when you touch them, your body is safely connected to earth. Your body acts like an antenna for hum. The hum could get into the pickups if you got near the coils. Earthing you makes this quieter.
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#12
well touching the sottering iron is probably the worst thing that can happen to you. a one on full blast is an instant third degree burn i hear. i touched one that was warming up and i have a scar. but i dont think you'll get a shock as your guitar isnt plugged in.
#13
The guitar doesn't make have enough amperage to harm you. Remember, amperage kills not voltage. It only need a small, minuscule amount. That's why you have an amplifier.
#14
Thanks for clearing this all up guys, first time ive wired anything so always good to know everything about it!
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#15
Quote by SomeoneYouKnew
No, the earth is connected to the volume pot and the strings so when you touch them, your body is safely connected to earth. Your body acts like an antenna for hum. The hum could get into the pickups if you got near the coils. Earthing you makes this quieter.


Thanks for clearing that up...I've always wondered how it wouldn't be safer to leave the strings isolated from the electronics. I hadn't though about the hum.
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#16
Well I pluged it in on high volume and o dear lord the feedback nearly obliterated my ear drums! So now to shield that pickguard! I jumped with the volume and in the panic actually took longer to turn it off!
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#17
Quote by Jimbo999
Well I pluged it in on high volume and o dear lord the feedback nearly obliterated my ear drums! So now to shield that pickguard! I jumped with the volume and in the panic actually took longer to turn it off!


The feedback is from the speakers vibrating the strings at a certain harmonic in an endless loop. That's why you dont stand too close when the volume is up. Shielding is only for detering RFI
#18
But your on the right track! alot of people ive seen dont get it on there first couple tries. I'm one of those
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#19
Before you go through the hassle of sheilding the pickguard, try reversing the wires going to the output jack. It's a common problem, and an easy mistake to make.
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#20
I believe the guitar generates all of what can be found in the cable. The pickups generate an AC signal which the amp picks up, but the amp doesn't send the guitar anything via the cable.
#21
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a pacemaker perhaps?
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#22
My brother had a guitar that would give you small electric shocks through the strings.
What would cause this?Bad earth?

The shocks did not hurt,but i was annoying.