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Pickup 'crackle' When Touched

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Lately if I touch my pickups (depending on which one is selected, of course) there will be a loud snapping sound, like a single crack. Doesn't always happen, but often. Singles and humbuckers. Yamaha pacifica, 5 way switch, 2 singles 1 humbucker. any ideas?


Is it possibly static electricity? I've had a problem with static on a Strats with a single ply pickguard. The problem went away when I replaced it with a 3-ply pickguard. I used to getting popping and crackling sounds because I anchor my right hand on the guitar, and there would be a static buildup that would be released whenever I touched the strings or something metal that was connected to ground.

Just a shot in the dark...

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