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Jim Kennedy


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Brentwood California, USA
Post  Posted 30 Dec 2017 10:06 am    
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When playing my Tele I sometimes get a static sound when I touch the pickguard.If I rub it you get a continuing cracklinig static sound. I have checked all the grounds and found nothing wrong. I even put a piece of aluminum foil between the body and the pick guard and grounded it hpoing that would help. It didn't. It doesn't happen all of the time, but sometimes can be quite annoying. Any suggestions?
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Mike Schwartzman


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Maryland, USA
Post  Posted 30 Dec 2017 1:32 pm    
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Sure Jim...If the Tele has standard tele 2 single coil pickup wiring I'll give you a couple ideas: If the guitar cavities are unshielded, you can use copper shielding tape to shield all cavities.

2 easier ideas to try first: If the bridge plate (not the bridge pickup wires) has a ground wire soldered to the pot, try lifting that ground. Simply clip that wire off at the pot and see if that works. If it works just tape off the end of the wire. If not you'll have to re-solder it.

Next: You can try a piece of 22 gauge wire and simply solder it from the top of one pot to the other pot. If you don't have soldering skills or proper soldering iron, definitely take the Tele to someone who does.

Last week I had a well shielded tele that had those same symptoms and lifting the bridge plate ground did the trick. Winking
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Dave Mudgett


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Central Pennsylvania
Post  Posted 30 Dec 2017 11:01 pm    
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Try rubbing a piece of an anti-static dryer strip (such as Bounce or something comparable) on the pickguard. Rub it all over. When it got real cold (and hence dry) here the last week or two, I had that problem with a couple of pickguards, and this completely eliminated the problem. It's been a week or so since I did it, the static hasn't come back so far.
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Ross Shafer


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Petaluma, California
Post  Posted 31 Dec 2017 8:32 am    
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Second Dave's post....I have a wonderful Tokai tele that is prone to this too. Took it off and did the anti static cloth thing on both sides.....gone!
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Michael Maddex


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Northern New Mexico, USA
Post  Posted 31 Dec 2017 9:57 am    
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ditto Dave & Ross --

problem went away when i for other reasons changed out the pickguard --
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Jim Kennedy


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Brentwood California, USA
Post  Posted 2 Jan 2018 11:14 am    
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Will Get some static cling sheets today. Would never have thoght to try that. Thanks all.
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Michael Brebes


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Northridge CA
Post  Posted 3 Jan 2018 6:09 pm    
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Another thing to check:
Measure the resistance between the neck pickup cover and ground on the 1/4" jack or the control plate. It should read 0 ohms or very close to it. I have seen the solder joint to the cover break loose which leaves the pickup cover totally floating and causes the same problem that has been discussed in this post.
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Bill L. Wilson


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Oklahoma, USA
Post  Posted 3 Jan 2018 10:27 pm     The Old Tele Static.
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I cured the static on my black guard Tele by painting the pick guard satin black. Not wanting to paint the aged white pick guard on my “Joe Strummer” Tele, I simply put a piece of clear packing tape across the pick guard, just below the bridge pickup. No more static.
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Lefty


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Grayson, Ga.
Post  Posted 8 Jan 2018 9:46 am    
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It makes your guitar smell surprisingly fresh also.
I am going to try this on my B-bender Telecaster. I I changed the pickups and pick-guard assembly, and grounded it correctly but it still has the hand static going on.
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Jim Sliff


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Lawndale California, USA
Post  Posted 16 Jan 2018 7:25 pm    
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Before you do anything else -

1. Have you checked your wall outlet to make sure it's grounded and has the correct polarity?

2. Does the amp have a properly grounded power cord?

Either of these can cause the problem you mention, regardless of the guitar's ground connections. Wall outlet wiring issues are a very common source of similar problems.
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Paul Arntson


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Washington, USA
Post  Posted 17 Jan 2018 9:16 am    
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Jim's advice is indeed a very good place to start.
Proper power connections are critical.

I've encountered this static problem on several teles.

I fixed one by making the back of the pick guard conductive with this spray.
You don't have to bring it all the way out to the edge, so it's invisible.

https://www.amazon.com/MG-Chemicals-Conductive-Coating-Aerosol/dp/B01N01RNFS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516209300&sr=8-1&keywords=conductive+spray+paint

Then a tiny bit of copper adhesive foil to connect it to the system ground. Probably massive overkill, but it sure worked.
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Jim Reynolds


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Franklin, Pennsylvania
Post  Posted 17 Jan 2018 7:56 pm    
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Jim Sliff, has a good idea there. I just went through a month of this with my steels and amps. I was get buzzing noise, had a 60 cycle hum, the sound was distorted. I changed everything I could think of, cables, strings, volume pedal. After everything, I finally tried changing the out let, and was the problem. I had worked fine for many years with no problem. I just changed it tonight. I check the plug with a tester, and it checks OK, not sure why it caused this yet.
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Jim Sliff


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Lawndale California, USA
Post  Posted 17 Jan 2018 10:00 pm    
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jim, did you test it with a multimeter or an outlet tester?

A multimeter may how an outlet as "working" fine, but if the polarity is reversed it can cause all kinds of grief with guitar rigs. An outlet tester is a $6 tool that I used on every gig I played for 30+ years. It's amazing how many venues...and homes...have 3-prong outlets wired without grounds or with the polarity reversed.

It also surprises me how many gigging players don't realize AC power has polarity. Not paying attention to it carries a danger of shock...even electrocution.
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