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(@blakeenglish)
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Hello. Here's my situation. I get crazy buzzing from any guitar i play in my studio. I don't wanna move my studio, but i think i might have to.
1. I don't think its a ground problem. when I turn my guitar volume down there's no 60hz hum or anything. All other signals are clean (Microphones, computer)
2. When I'm using distortion its even more unbearable. Cant even record.
3.When I face different directions the buzz gets louder or softer
4. There are no dimmers in my room, but I do have an exposed ceiling.
Any suggestions?
Thanks
Blake


   
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(@smokindog)
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What kind of PC monitor do you have? This sounds like a CRT problem.
Are you close to any outside power lines?
Is your house grounded properly?

Thats all I can think of :D Good luck

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(@blakeenglish)
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thanks. No power lines close...disconnected the monitors..still there. Im gonna try to isolate the power to my studio. im in a commercial building with shared power. Hopefully this will work,


   
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(@moonrider)
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Hello. Here's my situation. I get crazy buzzing from any guitar i play in my studio. I don't wanna move my studio, but i think i might have to.
1. I don't think its a ground problem. when I turn my guitar volume down there's no 60hz hum or anything. All other signals are clean (Microphones, computer)
2. When I'm using distortion its even more unbearable. Cant even record.
3.When I face different directions the buzz gets louder or softer
4. There are no dimmers in my room, but I do have an exposed ceiling.
Any suggestions?
Thanks
Blake

Check your instrument cables.
No dimmer. Fluorescent lights? Neon lights? Both of these can give you a buzz.
Check your outlets for proper grounding. "Think" does not equal "know." Improper grounding can be dangerous as well as noisy.
You say "any guitar." Be more specific. What guitars have you tried? Right now you seem to be describing classic single-coil 60 cycle hum. Are guitars with humbucking pickups doing the same thing?

Playing guitar and never playing for others is like studying medicine and never working in a clinic.

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(@blakeenglish)
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thanks moonrider. Yeah, Ive been using Les pauls, Sgs and Fenders. Cables are good too. Im having an electrician come to isolate power to my studio. I do have Fluorescent lights, but theyre not active. Im having them removed regardless. thanks again


   
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(@moonrider)
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thanks moonrider. Yeah, Ive been using Les pauls, Sgs and Fenders. Cables are good too. Im having an electrician come to isolate power to my studio. I do have Fluorescent lights, but theyre not active. Im having them removed regardless. thanks again

You are in a commercial space, and my wild guess from what you described is there's a grounding problem, have the electrician check for that first, since isolation isn't gonna do squat for a funky ground. it's also quite likely a less expenisve fix.

Playing guitar and never playing for others is like studying medicine and never working in a clinic.

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