Baja hum.

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  1. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Meister

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    I'm trying out a 2015 Baja Tele, and as long as I'm touching the strings/any metal on the guitar, it's quiet, but when I don't, I'm hearing a very audible hum.

    Is it because of my cable, or because I live in an older house that doesn't have 3 prong grounded outlets?


    As an aside, when I record my music in the same room, nothing else (mic's/monitor's/keyboards's/etc.) hum.
     
  2. RadioFM74

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    It could be the dreaded "static pick guard". My Baja 60s had that till I changed the guard. Is yours a 60s or 50s?
     
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    Hi RadioFM74 (COOL name, btw)!

    It's a 50's.

    Where did you get a non static pick guard?
     
  4. boris bubbanov

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    I'd encourage you to take care of the grounding system you're using - that you're running that amp through. Electrocution is real. Voodoo didn't kill Keith Relf.

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    I do want to mention that 50s and 60s Bajas and their clones tend to be some of the noisiest guitars out there in use. So many wires; so many soldered connections. And then the pickups are not RWRP towards each other.

    But it sounds like any Tele would be loud, the way your stuff is set up. You might consider taking your Baja to a friend's house and see how it performs there. You could take the Baja with your to the guitar store and go "amp shopping" and see if your guitar is quieter there.

    I recommend the Guitar Center location there in Hoover. Those people are pretty cool.
     
  5. E5RSY

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    Here's your answer.

    It ain't the pickguard.
     
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    Hi Boris!

    Yes, electrocution is not a good thing :)


    As far as what RadioFM74 said, if it's due to the pick guard, I just took it off, but it still hums.
     
  7. Nick Fanis

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    Than your guitar is properly grounded.
    Leave it alone.
    It's the nature of the beast (single coil pickups hum and of course in a house with poor electric installation and grounding hum even louder).
     
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    Thanks Nick!

    Jerry, aka Hunter S. Thompson VII.
     
  9. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    The pickguard-related issue is the static that can be generated when your fingers brush it during playing. You have to be playing it for it to happen. Totally different phenomenon.
     
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    Have you tried a different amp cable ?
     
  11. Digiplay

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    That I am going to do :)
     
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    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    Is the hum there without an instrument plugged in?
     
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    Yes, but the hum is louder, deeper sounding than when plugged in.
     
  14. Fuggle

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    My '50s Baja had the same buzz until I shielded all the cavities. Now I just have to contend with the normal 60 cycle BS.
     
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    Can you give me a detailed procedure on how to shield all the cavities?
     
  16. gimmeatele

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    Hi my 50'was the same, I got some copper tape from a garden centre and used that to shield the cavities and back of scratch plate, it cured the problem, as others mention, I have heard of the problem with a few baja teles
     
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    Baja Hum = new band name
     
  18. Fuggle

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    Sure! Take your guitar to a luthier like I did! ;)
     
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    I have the same problem with my classic '50s MIM. Here's a video from Stew Mac on shielding...

    I shielded a Squier a while back with aluminum tape and it seemed to help.
     
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