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What's causing the strange crackle from my Les Paul?

Asked 2013-12-19T21:49:02.0Z by Steve M741
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Can anyone help me out here? When my Les Paul slides back and forth against my shirt it produces a pretty loud crackle like static electricity? Any Ideas what causes this, and what can I do to solve the problem?



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Reply — Posted 2014-06-17T19:38:56.0Z
Jack H71

Chances are, your guitar may not be grounded correctly. Usually, and in most guitars, the bridge is grounded to the electronics package. Any static buildup would be routed to the ground. If your guitar is not grounded correctly, static could cause what you are experiencing. Another way to help curb static is through the use of a humidifier in your home.


  • Thanks Jack! Have you ever heard of the culprit being the type of finish? I've heard that static can build up on the finish, and then discharge at the pickups causing the crackle?Steve M 2014-06-23T18:42:16.0Z

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