The Humbucker pickup buzz on the Taylor T5 guitar can have several sources. It's a common problem on this half-acoustic, half-electric guitar. One, it's an interference from other electronic fields in the room. Two, it's a ground problem caused by electrical sockets. Three, it can be bad cords, or the wrong kind of cord. Four, it can be mechanical. By eliminating the sources one-by-one, you can usually locate the problem of pickup buzz.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Shielded guitar cord
Turn on the amp and plug in the guitar. Place your right hand on the guitar strings and then lift it off and listen. If you hear a low hum, turn off any fluorescent lights that are within about 20 feet of your guitar or amp, and listen. If the hum has subsided or lessened, the lights are the source of your hum. Avoid playing near them.
Put some pressure on the steel end of the cord that is sticking out of your guitar. Push it up or down and listen. If the hum is gone when you push on the plug, or gets worse when you push on it, then try using a different cord. Go through the same steps with the new cord. If you still hear a hum, discard that cord and buy a shielded cord, or the best cord you can afford.
Turn on the amp and listen. If you hear the buzz, unplug the amp. Run an extension cord to your amp and plug it into a wall outlet across the room, or as far away as you can find another outlet.
Unplug the guitar. Hold your ear down to the pickup as close as you can. Pluck the strings. Listen very closely. If you can hear a buzz, use a small Phillips screwdriver to turn the screws on either side of the pickup clockwise to lower the pickup down away from the strings.
Tips and warnings
- You can buy shielded cords at guitar shops, but they are expensive.
- If all else fails and your guitar still buzzes or hums, you can have an after-market software component installed in your guitar by a professional, but that, too, is expensive.
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