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.

Step 1: The stuff.

Material: - Wire
                - Alligator clip

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

Lol! I'm making a hollow electric plexiglass guitar that can't be opened up at all so this will come in handy!<br>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!]
<p>got a pic?</p>
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
When I play with the humbucker the noise is really low but my two other pick-ups are single-coils.
Yeah, as you said TriacNT, the best solution is always a nice setup guitar!<br>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,<br>there's a cavity that has the bridge bottom, 3 to 4 springs (that often rub<br>each other), and a metal flange/hook to hold the springs.<br>
Yeah, i guessed you were talking about theses. But they have nothing to do with reverb.
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:<br><br>After removing everything, I lined every cavity with heavy aluminum foil (pre-<br>sprayed with adhesive). Then I drilled a small (3/32&quot;) 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.<br><br>As I was using a Floyd Rose knockoff bridge, it was easy to run another to the<br>stationary retaining bolts it uses.<br><br>Using this method, EVERYthing was grounded. As mentioned above, I<br>replaced the stock pots with better quality versions (These also came with<br>the suggested capacitors that run from the pot lead to the metal casing)<br><br>The result was that I 'almost' never got any hum, and never heard that<br>annoying 'pop-scritch' when I plugged in my cable!<br><br>Great instructable! Simple things like this can vastly improve the sound of<br>even the cheapest knockoff. Thanks!<br>
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
cant you ground the guitar to the bridge instead
Usually the guitar electronics are grounded to the back of the bridge. I clip my ring to the bridge too.<br />
I love your idea! &nbsp;But one question: &nbsp;Does the ring need to be conductive? &nbsp;Thanks
Yes, you want to be electrically connected to the guitar.<br />
is the lego block a knob?<br />
Yes it is! ;)<br />
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 &quot;Hum Bugger&quot; Kudos.
Another thing you can do is <br /> 1. Get a high end guitar cable... I once got a radio station on a cheep cord.<br /> 2. Switch out the pickup and use a &quot;humbucker&quot; pickup.<br /> 3. Get a better guitar....
florescent lights...<br /> oh, the florescent lights...
Playing next to a TV screen is also a real pain!<br />
Where does the 50Hz come from? Is it the amp, the air? Genuinely curious<br /> <br /> L<br />
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.<br />
Do you think grounding the amp' properly would have the same effect (as both are connected)?<br /> <br /> L<br />
It may help but the hum can also be caused by bad connection in the guitar or low quality pots.<br />
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~~)?<br /> <br /> L<br />
I think that it is possible for the guitar to pick-up some hum from the environnement. But I'm not a specialist.<br />
i have noticed the same thing.<br /> even on a battery powered amp if your near a 60cycle source your going to get hum.<br /> unless your guitar is properly shielded or grounded..<br /> i will try this<br />

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