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June 16, 2007

Telecaster Hum & Noise - ground problem?

I have been tearing my hair out over this one. At a recent gig, my Squier Telecaster in which I have Virtual Vintage Noiseless pickups, suddenly started to hum or buzz terribly. It sounds like a ground hum problem, and I figured it must have been the input jack that went haywire.

Well, after a replaced input jack, replaced 3-way switch, blood, sweat and tears plus a few hours of wasted time, I haven't gotten anywhere.

I kind of gave up. I was fed up with it, so I had my wife drop it off at a guitar repair place in Edmonton. It's currently there waiting to be fixed by next week. I talked to the tech, and he said it would just re-wire everything and it should be fine.

I am not a professional guitar tech, but I have learned quite a few things over the years, and installing pickups and soldering has never been any problems for me. This one though, had me stumped. I check everything, or so I think. I must have missed something, obviously.

It is so frustrating to have malfunctioning gear! The Squier Tele is a cheap guitar, but with these Virtual T pickups, it is very sweet sounding and it also plays perfectly. It is my #2 guitar, after my Fender Strat.

Here's to a sigh of relief when I get it back from the repair guy! He'd better fix it good!

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on June 16, 2007

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