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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Question : Necessary to ground the bridge for a guitar with active pickups ?


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Wood, magnetic coil and strings.
May 4th, 2017 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To refine my question, the active pickups have built-in preamps and power run off a battery. I am not referring to passive pickups where the signal goes into an onboard preamp for boost or eq.

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May 4th, 2017 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I suspect you would simply so you don't have a difference of potential with the strings, etc. Strings can act like an antenna.

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May 5th, 2017 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

EMG in their installation instructions say that you do not need to ground the bridge. It does not change anything one way the other and there are no ill effects if you leave the ground connected. I don't thing this applies to all active pickups. There is some discussion that this is a safety issue to prevent electrocution from faulty amplifiers but I don't see many guitar player getting killed so I don't pay attention. It doesn't hurt to ground the bridge so I always do it just in case there is the odd situation that comes up. Some venues are more noisy than others so everything that you can do to keep a guitar quiet are worth doing.

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