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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:35 pm

mashedmitten wrote:Wife has these fuzzy slippers and the habit of dragging her feet across the carpet. First couple of times I got shocked on the lips I told her to ground herself before smooching.

Ouch! :o


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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:57 pm

It could have been a lot worse! :oops:
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Postby Guest271017 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:30 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:It could have been a lot worse! :oops:

I don't know, might increase pleasure. :shock: :mrgreen:
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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:45 pm

mashedmitten wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote:It could have been a lot worse! :oops:

I don't know, might increase pleasure. :shock: :mrgreen:

Put away those bulldog clips RIGHT NOW mashedmitten! :beamup: :bouncy:


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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby billyjoechu » Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:13 am

I need your expert advice.
My Telecaster is giving me shocks through the strings!
I took my Fender Blues amp to a repair shop and they said there is nothing wrong with the amp.
I switched to my other Positive Grid Spark amp and I still get shocks.
I replaced my surge protector and still get shocks.
I bought a household circuit tester and I get a green light on the wall plug that indicates it’s wired correctly.
I just switched to my Stratocaster and it too shocked me.
There is no certainty that you will get a shark every time you touch the strings. Sometimes there is no shock. Could it be the carpet and my shoes?
Thank you for any advice. So far it sounds like static electricity but I don't want to kill myself.
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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby Wonks » Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:01 am

Hi and welcome.

It sound very unlikely that you've got an electrical fault. As the strings on both the Tele and Strat should be grounded, then it's very possible that you are getting static electricity shocks.

With static, you'll get an initial shock as the static on your body discharges to the strings, but there shouldn't be anything else after that unless you then walk around to generate more static by clothes rubbing together or shoes on the carpet/flooring. With a proper electrical fault, you'll get it all the time.

By keeping your hand on the strings and moving around, any generated static will be taken to ground without building up enough charge to cause a shock. If you can do that for say 5 minutes without issue, and then walk around without touching the strings and then touch them and get a shock as you do so, the that's definitely static.

A surge protector won't stop static.

This is just guitar, and you aren't using a mic or anything else when the shocks occur?

There's a local food store where the humidity is normally pretty low because of all the cold cabinets, and certainly with some of my shoes, I'm guaranteed to get a static shock every time I touch a metal shelf.
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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:05 am

billyjoechu wrote:There is no certainty that you will get a shark every time you touch the strings. Sometimes there is no shock. Could it be the carpet and my shoes?

Yes. It is definitely the carpet, your shoes, your clothes, or a combination of all three. Trainers can be particularly bad for generating static, and dry atmospheres don't help.

But as the amps and guitar have been checked, and from your description of intermittent shocks, I'm pretty confident that the guitar is not giving you a shock; instead you are becoming charged with static electricity and discharging yourself through the grounded guitar/amp -- so it's actually you shocking the guitar.

If it continues to be a problem, you could get something like an electrostatic wristband and connect that to something properly earthed (clipping the wristband lead to the guitar plug body, for example). That will prevent you building up a charge in the first place. (You might want to wear the wrist band around your bare ankle to prevent the wire getting in the way!)
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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:02 am

My studio gets quite dry in the winter if the humidifier hasn’t been running. I have one particular pair of shoes I have to spray that static spray into or I get shocks when I touch metal.
I used to get a more severe shock in the winter exiting the car when I had cloth seats. I suppose there are worse shocks than big toe shocks, but ouch!
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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby Johnsy » Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:15 am

Martin Walker wrote:
Ever since I've always made sure that the majority of the building materials in my socks are man-made fibres


You keep building materials in your socks?!
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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:24 am

It's quite a feat :D
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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby Wonks » Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:30 am

He's always regretted being too young to be in The Scaffold, so he turned to musique concrète and cemented his relationships with other sound designers. His friends are all absolute bricks and his life's a breeze.
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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:33 am

Rock On! :lol:
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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:34 am

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Block On! :lol:

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Re: Small electric shocks from guitar strings

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:03 pm

Now then, now then - I hope all your opinions aren't set in stone!

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