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Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by tubevibrato, Mar 22, 2004.

  1. I thinking of going back to gut/nylon type strings. My question is: since the nylon strings are non-conductive,
    is there a lot of buzzing & humming when using a pickup?
    Thank you.
  2. JonB


    May 27, 2003
    Magnetic pickups need some metal in the strings, or they won't work. Other more common pickups, like piezo, convert mechanical vibration into a signal, in which case the type of string doesn't matter. What pickup are you using?
    You reason for asking may involve a ground wire (I think the older Fishman had this) that you had to weave through the strings to make sure they didn't pick up any stray RF noise.
    In this case, using guts or non-conductive nylons wouldn't be an issue.
  3. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    Unless you're using nylon wrapped strings you'll have the same issues you have with metal cored strings- the metal wrappings should still be grounded.