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  • Cracking sound from amp? Broken output jack? Bad amp?

    Best answer: Noises that get better or worse when you touch the strings are often related to a bad ground. Single coil pickups like you have are also prone to electrical interference. Whenever "troubleshooting" a problem like this, you have to break the problem down into it's basic components and eliminate them... show more
    Best answer: Noises that get better or worse when you touch the strings are often related to a bad ground. Single coil pickups like you have are also prone to electrical interference.

    Whenever "troubleshooting" a problem like this, you have to break the problem down into it's basic components and eliminate them one-by-one. If you are using any stomp boxes, take them out of the loop and just plug the guitar straight into the amp. Now you have 3 components: guitar, cable, and amp.

    Actually, there is a 4th component....the location. You can easily eliminate this by plugging your amp into a different circuit or moving to a different room.

    The most likely source of noises is the cable. Start by replacing it with a new one (ore one you *know* is good. Everybody needs a spare cable, so invest in another one. It does *not* have to be a super expensive cable, medium quality is fine.

    If the noise is still there, the next most likely culprit is the output jack on the guitar. These are notorious for failing....or developing a loose connection that crackles. The only way to check this without special equipment or disassembly is to wiggle the cable plug. If the crackle gets worse or better, you've narrowed the problem down. (This assumes you're using your new cable. If you aren't, the problem could also be with the cable plug)

    If the output jack on the guitar is okay, try the same "wiggle test" at the amp input. If all of these check out okay, you have to determine if the problem is in the guitar (most likely) or the amp. If you have access to a friend's amp, try plugging your guitar in to it. Or vice versa...plug a friend's guitar into your amp.

    There really is nothing in the amp that is user serviceable except perhaps a loose speaker connection. If the amp has an issue, it will need to go to a repair shop.

    There are a lot of potential problems with the guitar that a *reasonably handy* person can fix. Every electrical part that moves is a potential problem. The pots (volume and tone controls) can get dirty. If they crackle when you rotate them, spraying switch cleaner (DeOxit) into them often helps. You have to remove the pickguard to get at the underside of the pots. The same test applies to the 5-way switch. Look closely for any loose connections (they'll need to be soldered). There should be a ground wire running to the bridge. Make sure this is making contact at both ends. If any of this sounds to complicated, bring the guitar to a tech.

    Even if the issue isn't the jacks or cable, I have a tip which will protect them in the future. Always loop your cable between the strap and guitar. This acts as a stress relief in case you tug on the cable. The same is true at the amp end....loop the cable under the amp handle. This protects both the cable ends and the jacks.
    4 answers · 6 days ago
  • How many musical instruments can you play? I can play the piano and the trumpet I won first place at my school in korea?

    Best answer: Congrats! Having a skill to play an instrument is something to be proud of....Please word of advice, Continue playing the instruments, and find joy in doing so! I was a violinist as kid played in orchestra, also took piano lessons for 6 years or so... then lost interest...,As and more time passed, i practiced less... show more
    Best answer: Congrats! Having a skill to play an instrument is something to be proud of....Please word of advice, Continue playing the instruments, and find joy in doing so! I was a violinist as kid played in orchestra, also took piano lessons for 6 years or so... then lost interest...,As and more time passed, i practiced less and less, and to this day regret it very much!
    10 answers · 1 week ago
  • How do I play guitar like Mateus Asato?

    So, I have been teaching myself to play guitar for a few years, but it seems like I am going nowhere. I can learn pretty difficult songs if I watch videos on them, but have a lot of difficulty playing out of them. I know some scales and such, but when I watch my favorite guitarists, John Mayer, Mateus Asato, etc,... show more
    So, I have been teaching myself to play guitar for a few years, but it seems like I am going nowhere. I can learn pretty difficult songs if I watch videos on them, but have a lot of difficulty playing out of them. I know some scales and such, but when I watch my favorite guitarists, John Mayer, Mateus Asato, etc, they so effortlessly play whatever they want to play. They both switch between chords and melody, and I just wonder, are they actively thinking of notes and chord changes and things like that? If someone could give me some direction I’d be really appreciative because right now I’m looking at memorize all the notes on the fretboard and all the notes of different scales and trying to unlock the fretboard that way. I’m just not sure that’s right but Mateus especially seems to really be aware of what intervals he’s playing and such. I just feel like pentatonic boxes etc isn’t the way to that kind of mastery that I want. I’ll work hard at it, I just don’t know where to go :/
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  • How to Download any song at any time?

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  • What should I name my ukulele?

    Best answer: Charles was the first thing that popped into my head.

    No idea why.
    Best answer: Charles was the first thing that popped into my head.

    No idea why.
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  • The, "Take On Me," brainwashing.?

    Best answer: What should we do? We should get you in contact with a publishing company so you can start writing novels. You're quite imaginative.
    Best answer: What should we do? We should get you in contact with a publishing company so you can start writing novels. You're quite imaginative.
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  • What’s the worst song in the world?

    I’m thinking it’s everyday bro
    I’m thinking it’s everyday bro
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  • Name of song? help?

    i listen to this song in 2012 but i cant find it now on youtube.In the music video a man is playing piano and singing and its a very sad song . In the video is only him and the piano in white background please help!
    i listen to this song in 2012 but i cant find it now on youtube.In the music video a man is playing piano and singing and its a very sad song . In the video is only him and the piano in white background please help!
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  • Why should piracy be stopped?

    So far I have "It hurts the economy" and "it hurts artists and musicians, etc." I need one more reason. Any ideas?
    So far I have "It hurts the economy" and "it hurts artists and musicians, etc." I need one more reason. Any ideas?
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  • I play electric guitar. Can I use microphone cable instead of instrument cable, to route my guitar to amp?

    Best answer: It should work, as long as you have the right connectors. (Both applications need shielded cables for very low signal levels.)
    Best answer: It should work, as long as you have the right connectors. (Both applications need shielded cables for very low signal levels.)
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  • Stage name starting with P?

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  • How to stop people from owning guitars?

    Best answer: Another liberal apparently having no mental capacity. Racism is a belief, a PERSONAL belief, in either the superiority, or inferiority, of one race compared to another
    Best answer: Another liberal apparently having no mental capacity. Racism is a belief, a PERSONAL belief, in either the superiority, or inferiority, of one race compared to another
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