Can we get a sticky on hum/buzz troubleshooting?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by MovinTarget, Apr 28, 2018.

  1. MovinTarget

    MovinTarget Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2018
    Maryland, USA
    Just finished my very first build and drove myself near-insane trying to figure out why i was dead quiet UNTIL I started playing and then there was suddenly a bad, ungrounded-type hum... almost like distortion unless I grounded the bass by touching the bridge.

    Turns out it wasn't the bass OR the amp, but the outlet my house! I tried upstairs and its great!

    So I had this thought that it might be a good idea to list in one place all the things that *could* cause noise... and any tell-tale tricks to identifying that particular cause.

    The ones I know are:
    Ground loops
    Bad joins
    Single coils hum (not much we can about this one)
    Environmental- lighting, poor power conditioning etc

  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Whenever a troubleshooting noise issue comes up there are generally 3 camps. The guys who have some experience fighting the problem, those who pontificate w/o any experience, those who really know the answers but the answers might go over a layman's head.
    They're not clearly defined, since once in awhile a person will post that really knows & also has experience, but those occasions are rare.
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  3. MovinTarget

    MovinTarget Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2018
    Maryland, USA
    Understood, I guess I'm thinking there is some way to come up with a way to categorize the symptoms with some simple questions to help us that are less initiated to figure out where to start looking. Not an end all/be all guide.
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