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Get rid of the 60Hz hum on a guitar.

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Ok guys, here is a simple way to get rid of the annoying 60Hz hum that many guitar player will experience at one time or another. This hum is usually caused by a poorly grounded guitar. You will need a piece of wire, an alligator clip and some basic soldering skills.

So the main idea of this is to ground the guitar on the guitar player.

 
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Step 1: The stuff.

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Material: - Wire
                - Alligator clip

Tools: - Screwdriver
            - Soldering Iron
            - Pliers
            - Wire Stripper (optional)





Step 2: Let's do it!

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1. Cut a piece of wire, you will need at least a 1 1/2 foot.
2. Cut a little piece of uninsulated wire to create a ring, make sure the ring fits in your pinky.
3. Get the alligator clip at one end of the wire and solder the ring at the other end.
4. Ready to play!

Step 3: Use it!

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First of all you'll want to get the clip on the bridge of the guitar. Then you can get the ring around your pinky. Enjoy your noiseless guitar.

I carry mine in my guitar case everywhere I play, this is an easy fix for a big problem.

ROBOCOP6032 years ago
Lol! I'm making a hollow electric plexiglass guitar that can't be opened up at all so this will come in handy!
Btw, the guitar will have green lightning bolts surging throughout the entirety of the guitar walls, including the neck and headstock. Also all the hardware will be gold and silver [gold stratocaster jack socket, gold frets, gold tuning keys, gold pickups with silver borders, silver telecaster knob and switch platform with gold dials and a gold switch head, and last but not least a gold stetsbar stop tail bridge with built in gold whammy bar!]
Another simple way to get rid of it is to stick a 50Hz high pass filter on your line out.
I see your pickups are humbuckers , it still made lots of noise ? O_o
Eric_bard (author)  Thereyouhaveit3 years ago
When I play with the humbucker the noise is really low but my two other pick-ups are single-coils.
Eric_bard (author) 3 years ago
Yeah, as you said TriacNT, the best solution is always a nice setup guitar!
I don't understand the part about the metal reverb spring. Do yoou mean the springs that grip on the tremolo?
On some tremolos, the bridge goes through the body - On the back side,
there's a cavity that has the bridge bottom, 3 to 4 springs (that often rub
each other), and a metal flange/hook to hold the springs.
Eric_bard (author)  TriacNT3 years ago
Yeah, i guessed you were talking about theses. But they have nothing to do with reverb.
TriacNT3 years ago
After doing some research a while back, I decided on a method of grounding that doesn't require extra wires running to my body anywhere. The guitar was a Peavey T-10, so the electronics hardware was mostly bolted to it. The same method can be used for any other electric:

After removing everything, I lined every cavity with heavy aluminum foil (pre-
sprayed with adhesive). Then I drilled a small (3/32") hole from the rear humbucker cavity through to the reverb cavity. I soldered a wire connecting the volume control through to the metal reverb spring mount.

As I was using a Floyd Rose knockoff bridge, it was easy to run another to the
stationary retaining bolts it uses.

Using this method, EVERYthing was grounded. As mentioned above, I
replaced the stock pots with better quality versions (These also came with
the suggested capacitors that run from the pot lead to the metal casing)

The result was that I 'almost' never got any hum, and never heard that
annoying 'pop-scritch' when I plugged in my cable!

Great instructable! Simple things like this can vastly improve the sound of
even the cheapest knockoff. Thanks!
guys have you tough into ferrita shielding ???its much easier than metal shielding and you can get ride of the hummm. just use a pencil those bigs that artists use, and make it powder any how its your option, i smashed it with a hummer then just glue the whole guitar hole where the pots are and spride the powder on its going to be so tide and well done that the noise is gonna go away for ever try it you wont regret
michoi4 years ago
cant you ground the guitar to the bridge instead
Eric_bard (author)  michoi4 years ago
Usually the guitar electronics are grounded to the back of the bridge. I clip my ring to the bridge too.
rickonicko4 years ago
I love your idea!  But one question:  Does the ring need to be conductive?  Thanks
Eric_bard (author)  rickonicko4 years ago
Yes, you want to be electrically connected to the guitar.
Glockenator4 years ago
is the lego block a knob?
Eric_bard (author)  Glockenator4 years ago
Yes it is! ;)
bassdale4 years ago
I like your idea, a great contribution to instructables, I am going to use a real el cheepo ring to conseal the wire. Market this idea as "Hum Bugger" Kudos.
Ralph Lyon4 years ago
Another thing you can do is
1. Get a high end guitar cable... I once got a radio station on a cheep cord.
2. Switch out the pickup and use a "humbucker" pickup.
3. Get a better guitar....
iamtoats4 years ago
florescent lights...
oh, the florescent lights...
Eric_bard (author)  iamtoats4 years ago
Playing next to a TV screen is also a real pain!
lemonie4 years ago
Where does the 50Hz come from? Is it the amp, the air? Genuinely curious

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Eric_bard (author)  lemonie4 years ago
It's the 60Hz current from the electric plug that can cause this hum, a poorly grounded guitar or amp will cause the electric current to be catched by the circuit and be amplified.
Do you think grounding the amp' properly would have the same effect (as both are connected)?

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Eric_bard (author)  lemonie4 years ago
It may help but the hum can also be caused by bad connection in the guitar or low quality pots.
I have this weird idea that you can pick-up 60-Hz on the guitar like a radio, but if that isn't it, it would be your amp (I know basics, but not a lot more than that~~)?

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Eric_bard (author)  lemonie4 years ago
I think that it is possible for the guitar to pick-up some hum from the environnement. But I'm not a specialist.
lennyb lemonie4 years ago
i have noticed the same thing.
even on a battery powered amp if your near a 60cycle source your going to get hum.
unless your guitar is properly shielded or grounded..
i will try this