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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Static electrical charge build up on Strat pickguard

RKSTRAT
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Mar 21st, 2019 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile  


In all my years of playing, I cannot remember this happening before. I was out playing last night and had some static going on.
When I got home I tried to troubleshoot. Guitar....no.
Amp.....no. Cord....no.

It was me!....when I rubbed my finger across the Strat pickquard
near the neck and middle pups, things started crackling.
I was wearing a polyester track jacket and thick rubber soles.
I sprayed a little Cling Free on a paper towel and wiped down the pickguard. That got rid of most of the crackle.

So what exactly trigger this phenomenon and what's the best way to prevent or correct it.

damuniz
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Mar 21st, 2019 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Low humidity or your electric personality :^)

Rub the pickguard down with a dryer sheet.

Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Mar 21st, 2019 02:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

And also your pickups if they have plastic covers on them. I usually wipe down the sides of the pickups to prevent further static. It may last for a little while but with drier climates the condition returns in about a month or so.
Remember that dryer sheets have a type of wax in them and once you start to use them it can cause a buildup and then just wipe them down with a clean cotton towel, as a clothe is thinner material and may reintroduce static.

RKSTRAT
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Mar 21st, 2019 02:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks everyone....I was still wondering if staticky clothing will transfer charge to the pickguard? The humidity was not that low.
Just curious.

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Mar 21st, 2019 03:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Low humidity or your electric personality :^)

Rub the pickguard down with a dryer sheet."

Si.


Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Mar 21st, 2019 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, your clothing probably did contribute to the static but enivitably almost every guitar with a plastic pickguard will develop static from friction/weather conditions, and our bodies can build up an electro-static charge, by flailing away over the pickups and also the case material can cause static due to the synthetic material used in them.
Again, wipe down your pickguard, pickup casings, and even the control knobs. These are all plastic and can retain a static charge. Oh and, you know when you drag your feet on nylon carpet, well, surprise, Kaa-rack, man, was holding my guitar and reached over and touched my amp and thought I had pulled out about a million gigawatts! Dark clothing won't even hide the wet spot!!!

pcalu

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Mar 21st, 2019 08:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

All you have to do to keep this ever from happing again is to apply a metal foil strip under the pickguard and ground it.

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Mar 21st, 2019 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I was still wondering if staticky clothing will transfer charge to the pickguard."

Yes--but what it does is it transfers the charge through your body to the guitar.

Steve Dallman

Merrill, Wisconsin

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Apr 8th, 2019 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cut a dryer sheet to fit most of the underside of the pickguard. Put it between the pickguard and top.

I usually put a ground wire under the guard...striped stranded wire, and after soldering it to ground, put the stripped end between the sheet and guard.

Steve Dallman

Merrill, Wisconsin

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Apr 8th, 2019 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

A customer brought in a new Tele that had terrible static problems. I did everything...shielded the back of the guard with copper, dryer sheet, ground wire, anti-static spray, etc. Nothing helped.

I contacted Fender who sent a new pickguard. Without treatment, the replacement guard didn't have the static problem.

I surmised the original guard had delaminated and was partly hollow between the layers. It looked and felt normal. I even tried it on a different Tele, and same static.

Never saw that before or after that one.

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Apr 8th, 2019 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Steve, that is an interesting analysis...delaminated pickguard. Never considered that before.

RKSTRAT
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Apr 11th, 2019 09:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks all!

Dryer thingy worked, of course.

Te 52

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Apr 13th, 2019 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

ESD conductive laminate material is very common for the tops of electronics work benches, where protection against static discharge is mandatory when working on sensitive integrated circuit chips. Usually combined with a conductive wrist strap for the technician.

I'm surprised no one has picked up on this idea to make static dissipative pickguards for guitars.

Here's just one example (no association):

clickage

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