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(@mikecullen)
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Hi everybody, first id like to say i feel bad. I was just given a beautiful ibanez, then upon restringing and playing my old epi LP, i like it better than the ibanez! Anyway, as much as i like the LP, its got a very strange clicking sound, kindof like chinese-torture-meets-metronome, and i want to get rid of it. Basically if the guitar is not being played or the strings being held, theres static noise and a click click click noise. Is this a pickup problem? Would it be worth replacing the pups on a very old Lp100?

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(@dagwood)
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You didn't really give us enough info to help diagnose for you.

Does it click when you Switch between Pickups?
Does it click when you turn/twist the volume/tone knobs?
It could also be in the Chord Plug In.
Then again it could be your pickups.. <shrug> :)

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(@timezone)
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Like Dag said, could be lots of things. However your comment about "if the guitar is not being played or the strings being held, theres static" makes me think a grounding problem in the guitar somewhere. Am I interpreting you correctly that if you touch the strings, the noise goes away? If that's the case, probably grounding. Now that could still be a grounding problem in the amp itself, or a whacky cord, or a whacky jack, or bad grounds in the guitar. Try a different cord first, if you still have the problem, start looking into the guitar, first culprit probably being the jack or the switch.

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(@akflyingv)
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If you have a little money laying around just get it checked out, most places will tell you whats wrong with it before they fix it.


   
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(@mikecullen)
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I checked it on my other guitar, no problem. I think it is a grounding problem, i might be able to have it checked out. Any other ideas?

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(@total-13)
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it could possibly be electrical interence? is the inside gubbins on it shielded properly?

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(@mikecullen)
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it could possibly be electrical interence? is the inside gubbins on it shielded properly?

What is that?

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(@ricochet)
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I think he means the inner bits. The "guts."

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(@mikecullen)
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Ive never touched the insides of my guitar, as in the electronics, but its definitely grounding, i picked up AM 88.1 a few minutes ago..

About the Pups, do you think its worth replacing them on a '95 LP100? would it really help? I was thinking about the 57 Gibson Humbuckers.

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(@ricochet)
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No, replacing the pickups isn't going to be a cure for radio reception. It's unlikely to fix your clicking, either. And as I often post, I'd never replace pickups unless I could state what it is specifically about the characteristics of the pickups I have that I would like to change.

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(@mikecullen)
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Not to cure the clicking, just would it be a good investment, worth it, to replace pickups in a guitar that- by todays standards-would be a peice of crap. I know the sound i want, and this guitar comes miles closer than my ibanez, which i may sell, but its just not there exactly.

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(@ricochet)
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Well, what I mean is, pickups have differing signal output levels, peak frequency responses, and height and width of their bell-shaped bandpass frequency characteristics. That's about it for their tonal characteristics. Whether some guy on a guitar board thinks they sound great or terrible, or would/wouldn't be worthwhile is really pretty meaningless.
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