My guitar buzzes when I touch metal

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  1. rikifaja

    rikifaja New Member

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    Hello guys, I'm new to the forum and I figured this was a nice place to put this question.

    So, my guitar has a ver awful buzzing sound when I touch metal (i.e. strings, jack, pickups, bridge). I do know this is a grounding issue, but I have no idea how to solve this :c here you have the link to the images of my internal cable setup. Thank you.

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3XGMCqWLf-5YklFY1VSUEN3cUU
     
  2. HEADKNOCKER

    HEADKNOCKER Active Member

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    On a Strat style guitar you should find a ground wire that attaches to the spring claw in the center rear cavity..
    Good Luck & Welcome!!
    Gary/Hk
     
  3. rikifaja

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    Yep! It's the blue one that comes from the huge amount of cables stacked together, and it's properly soldered, what do I do with it? Do I move it?
     
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    HEADKNOCKER Active Member

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    That wire should be attached to the claw & then again at the pots & ground..
    See them missing sometimes, when someone else has been in the cavity trying to "FIX" stuff..
     
  5. rikifaja

    rikifaja New Member

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    I just rewired it to the claw, reinforced the soldering. Now, I have three pots, should I wire it to each of them? Also my ground is wired to the volume pot, as well as the blue cable that just went to the claw.
     
  6. SimonB15

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    You don't need to solder that particular wire to each of the pots, but each of the pots should have a grounding wire attached. Looks like it does from your photos.

    Is your switch supposed to be grounded? I can't see a ground wire, and I'm really not sure if it should be or not, I usually just fumble through with electronics :lol: the shielding tape on the pick guard probably does the job.

    Does it do it on every switch position? That might help narrow down the source.
     
  7. TKOjams

    TKOjams Well-Known Member

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    Some pretty bad solder joints there, could be the issue.
     
  8. Aaron V

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    I had a similar issue a while back on my Gretsch, for me it was really simple, the output jack was wired backwards. I would check that first, really easy fix.
     

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