Eliminating Troublesome Hum & Buzz Created By Electric Guitars

You’re recording an electric guitar, or amplifying it through a P.A., and there it is: hum! This annoying sound is a common occurrence.

Acoustic guitars fitted with pickups can have the same problem.

Hum is an unwanted 60 Hz tone—50 Hz outside the U.S.—plus harmonics. If the harmonics are especially strong, the hum becomes an edgy buzz.

Let’s take a look at what’s going on and how to fix it. First we need to review how an electric guitar works.

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