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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by arielyitus, Feb 18, 2017.
Also works wonders as a hat to ward off invading aliens who are messing with your guitar.
OK OK, I over reacted.
I freaked out because I took a guitar out of the box and experienced such an annoying thing.
I have 5 guitars in the same house and none of them ever developed this.
I guess this thing is more common that I thought.
I used the dryer static sheets and the static got reduced to may be 20%.
Sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings , but seriously ignorance and being pissed off made me trash G.
I still think there may be a reason for this guitar to get more static than the others.
There is a reason, it's new and slick. Wear and grime will tame the noise over time.
I wondered if that actually helped. This is probably crazy, but I hate getting that sheet goo on my guitar.
This is the best solution I have found. It works great, but as the OP said it needs to be grounded with the rest of the grounds. On a Tele I put it under the front screw in the control plate. On the SG you'd probably need get it under a pickup mounting screw.
I've never even thought about using a new dryer sheet on a guitar. In my experience, a sheet that has already gone through a dryer cycle works just fine, and it won't leave any residue on the guitar.
I've never put a dryer sheet under the pickguard, however. I just wipe the pickguard with it.
This should be a #$%& sticky on the forum.
I had this happen on my MIM 60th anniversary Tele.
Took a dryer sheet and rubbed it on the pickguard and took it away forever.
The reason for the static is the crappy PCB board it kept making static noises so I hand wired and now there is no static at all.
I ended up returning mine.
Seriously I am not sure now if this is something you just have to live with or not. I have a 2013 Gibson LP Standard, American Stratand American Tele and none would show this static problem.
I never checked if the 2013 had the pcb or not, may be that is the difference.
I did try the dryer sheet on the SG and the problem was reduced but didn't go away and worst thing is it took away Gibson's smell.
Anyway, I am thinking in getting into a fight with my wife to try and get a good deal on those 2017 Gibsons which seem to be going down in price.
I just got a 2017 Sg they have the PCB boards and there was a static noise. So I rewired and put Manlius Fat dianes in it and now there is no static and it sounds awesome.
Searched for Gibson static and ended up here. Just bought a 2015 Les Paul Traditional Limited Edition Mahogany from Sam Ash and I certainly noticed the static coming from the amp and was like WTF. I pulled my LP Studio out and no static. I thought it might have something to do with the metal nut, but I'll have to check for a pcb in the pocket. On a side note, the guitar does sound awesome, but unfortunately, Gibson fubbed the finish on the back. I would expect some flaws on a used guitar, but on a brand new one at this price, Gibson dropped the ball here.
My 83' Tele is much more sensitive to static than any of the others. I had a tortise shell pickguard that was impossible to live with on that guitar but was fine on another guitar. I tried shielding it, making sure it was grounded, that there was continuity from the pickup height screws to the control plate & so on. The solution was having Chandler make me a one piece black pickguard out of an acrylic material.
I bought a (used) 2016 SG standard a few months ago and did not have this static problem. The pickup selector switch, however, makes a staticky sound when moving the switch that can be heard through the amp. I can understand this if the guitar is older or not used for awhile, but out of the gate it had this problem and I don't think it has cleared up with use. Not a deal breaker, but I have had selector switches on cheap Asian guitars that worked perfectly for years, so not sure why this is tolerated on a Gibson. I have not bothered to apply contact cleaner or other solvent to it yet, but that is the next step before I replace the switch.
I have an acquaintance who owns a CS 59 reissue Paul with this problem.
It tortures him.
He's a pro player/teacher and he has tried lots of, ahem, solutions, to no avail.
I've had 20ish CS Gibsons, and never experienced this problem.
I can't imagine it bugging me, too much.
Knowcaster, the same switch on my 2016 LP 50s trib did the same thing, before going kaput. I purchased a Stewmac wiring harness to replace the board inside (was putting in new pickups), so I had a new switch anyway. Not a deal breaker, as I love the guitar, but a bit surprising.
No static issues here either.
Did the Standard have the board, or traditional wiring?
My standard SG has the original PCB. I haven't looked see if a standard replacement switch can be soldered in or if I would have to replace the whole thing with a new wiring harness.
When I bought my Historic 54 LP, though it sounded like the voice of god, it had a couple of smudges on it, and old strings. Gibson QC sucks!!!!