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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Telecaster static question



The radio makes hideous sounds-Dylan
Mar 7th, 2018 11:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi guys,

My MIM (FSR) Telecaster has a noticeable static noise when I slide my fingers along the strings.
The noise goes away if I do the sliding whilst touching the control plate or bridge plate.
Just playing chords is not a problem.

I checked under the control plate looking for a faulty earth screw but it seems intact and nothing else looks untoward either.
I have also noticed that the PUP selector produces a similar sound when changing PUPs.

Any suggestions would be welcome.

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Mar 8th, 2018 01:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's a common issue. Some guitars suffer from this more than others.

Even well-shielded guitars can make this static sound, especially when you drag your fingertips across the plastic scratch plate.

The most effective remedy I've found is to cut an anti-static dryer sheet to a shape slightly smaller than the scratch plate, lay it in place, and screw the plate down to the body.

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Mar 8th, 2018 01:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Make sure you have continuity across the bridge plate and the control plate.

Use a meter to check this.

Steve Dallman

Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Mar 15th, 2018 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

The dryer sheet usually works. I got one Tele in for repair where NOTHING would alleviate the static. A new pickguard did fix it.

I suspect the laminates of the guard were separating in the middle.

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Mar 15th, 2018 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  


I've also noticed that the static issue is much more prevalent with polyester (the worst offender) finishes. Polyurethane comes in second, and nitro seems to not present such a problem.

Obviously the cause is friction against plastics in proximity to signal wires. You'd think good shielding would drain away any static charges, but it's not that simple.

If you've ever wondered how an insulator (non-conductor) can conduct electricity, a very good primer is Professor Walter Lewin's lecture on the topic




Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Mar 15th, 2018 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

When the weather is really dry, I can get static off of my Les Paul pickguard. I too use dryer sheets to temporarily ward off this issue. It usually lasts for about a month and my biggest problem is that on the Strat pickguards, the waxy residue collects dirt/dust and can get kinda funky. So, when I have to change strings, that's when I give it a good cleaning and wipe it over again with a new sheet. It's a neat trick but works really well! Also wipe over your plastic pickup covers, they contribute to the static issue!
The idea of placing a dryer sheet under the pickguard never crossed my mind and never thought to do that, but it does work? Huh? I'll maybe give that a try, because the issue for me returns on a fairly high frequency. So, just lay it flat like shielding under the pickguard and screw it down? Or?
Thanks for sharing this idea.

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Mar 15th, 2018 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, you cut it slightly smaller than the pickguard, with allowances for the pickups and controls. Lay it flat and screw the pickguard down over it.

You can also tape it to the rear of the pickguard first with a few small squares of 3M Scotch Magic double-sided tape.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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May 27th, 2018 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Once again a gem from Peegoo

(This message was last edited by Tony F at 04:29 PM, May 27th, 2018)

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Northwest Missouri

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Jun 2nd, 2018 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep, dryer sheets did it for me. Guess where I got that tip?

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USA/Taos, NM

Jun 2nd, 2018 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you're in a quick-need situation, like at a gig or something, you can rub a bar of hand soap all over the pickguard, too. Then polish it out with a paper towel and it will cut your static situation substantially.



Jul 15th, 2018 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I deal with conveyor belting including vinyl and urethane with synthetic fibers. Static build up occurs when two dissimilar materials break contact. This especially occurs with rubbing. You can walk under a moving conveyor belt and your hair will stand on end.

We make most anti-static, when dealing with some products like circuit boards they have to meet the ISO-284 standard for conductivity.

WAIT I just said they most be anti-static but conductive! Yes to make them anti-static there is either a layer of carbon or threads of carbon or cooper woven into them and even HC, highly conductive, covers have carbon blended in.

The secret to dissipate any charge and prevent build up is to conduct it to ground. So the conveyor system itself has to be grounded then the charge is bled out of the belt with the carbon or copper and goes to ground through the conveyor frame. If all the rolls are plastic and the conveyor belt never touches any metal rollers or beds which are connected to the frame and to ground then even anti-static belts will not prevent a build up.

The pop you hear is when YOU ground it or when you flip a switch that is seeing ground from an ungrounded position. So make sure everything and all switches and hardware see a good ground.

If the humidity is over 65% then there is much less chance to build up a charge as the moisture in the air will dissipate static build up.

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