My Yamaha Pacifica makes a clicking sound when I touch the strings. My old Squier Strat used to do it too, my Les Paul doesn't do it anywhere near as loudly (barely noticable).
I believe it is related to the fact that the strings are grounded through the tremolo claw so I have checked that it is correctly grounded. I used a multimeter to check electrical continuity (beep setting and it is definately grounded properly.
I contacted my fave guitar shop (who I rate very highly) and they said it was fairly common but I just wonder if there's anything you guys could suggest that could fix it or suggest why it is so much worse on one guitar than another?
A bit of web searching suggests that it's to do with electricity from me being grounded via the strings but my LP is so much quieter and it takes a lot of effort to hear the same clicking sound...
It's only quite a quiet click but it does bug me at times (espcially when using a compressor as this makes it more noticable).
Even when I turn the volume up a lot the Les Paul produces an almost innaudible click compared to the Pacifica's louder click even at a low volume / gain so I don't think it's that the Les Paul is a louder signal.
I checked the resistance, thanks for that suggestion, the resistance on the Les Paul (with the multimeter set at 200 on the Ohms scale - the lowest available on my multimeter) was 1.3 on the high E string on average, it floated around a bit though. On the Pacifica it was around 1.0 to 1.2. I'm no electronics expert so I don't know if that is significant enough to make a difference...
Post by UnklMickey on Jun 12, 2006 10:42:37 GMT -5
that's definitely in the realm of an insignificant difference.
if it had been an ohm or two on the Pacifica, and a couple thousand or so on the LP......
you might try to mitigate the clicking by using a resistor in series on the Pacifica
i'm not sure how well this will work.
you can experiment with values before you even open up the guitar.
without you touching any metal on the guitar, hold one end of a resistor and touch the other end to a string or the bridge.
if you can find a value that is large enough to minimise the clicking, but small enough that it doesn't prevent you from reducing the hum from your body much compared with direct contact with the strings, that would be a reasonable approach.
after you find a value that works, wire it in series with the claw.
i'd probably start with around 10k.
no guarantee this will work, but resistors are cheap, so it's worth a try.
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I just got it back from the guitar shop. The tech has screened the cavities and this has vastly reduced the problem. There is still a string ground but early indications show that there is vastly less noise.
I am very pleased but I don't entirely understand how this has worked...
I found it very frustrating when I searched Google Groups etc that people posted with the same problem bet never did I see anyone say "hey I fixed it and this is how...". If everyone posted the solutions when they found them there would be less need for endless posts on the same subject.
Anyway, I'll stick around in case I can help anyone else... unlikely with my level of electronics knowledge but who knows.