The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Archtops

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 08-18-2016, 01:13 PM
k_russell k_russell is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 454
Default Vibrating pickguard

Have you ever had the pick guard vibrate when you play certain notes? I think mine vibrates because the pot for the volume control just touches the sound board. Certain notes transmit to the pick guard.
I'm looking for a easy solutions for the before I attempt to remove the pick guard and try to adjust (bend) the bracket.

The guitar is a Guild Savoy and is about 2years old. The volume control knob is mounted on the pick guard. I am getting pretty good at knowing what notes cause the problem so I can stop the vibration and annoying sound with my hand.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-18-2016, 01:17 PM
HHP HHP is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 29,372
Default

Stick a piece of foam between the volume control and the top. Should deaden any transferrence. Happens a lot with tailpieces on archtops and mandolins.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-18-2016, 01:39 PM
Steve DeRosa Steve DeRosa is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Staten Island, NY
Posts: 8,825
Default

Bend the bracket...
__________________
"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."
- Mark Twain
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-18-2016, 01:53 PM
jricc jricc is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Jersey Shore
Posts: 1,337
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by HHP View Post
Stick a piece of foam between the volume control and the top. Should deaden any transferrence. Happens a lot with tailpieces on archtops and mandolins.
I've done this...works for me.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-18-2016, 03:50 PM
Archtop Guy Archtop Guy is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Golden State
Posts: 680
Default

I've used foam, or my preferred felt for isolation, but I prefer to lift the pot off the soundboard so that the pot/foam doesn't dampen the vibration of the top.
__________________
Find your voice and tell a story!

Circle 'Round the Sun
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-19-2016, 02:39 PM
k_russell k_russell is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 454
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Archtop Guy View Post
I've used foam, or my preferred felt for isolation, but I prefer to lift the pot off the soundboard so that the pot/foam doesn't dampen the vibration of the top.
So you would unscrew the mounting bracket and try to adjust it so to pot does not touch the soundboard and is does not interfere with your right hand.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-19-2016, 02:51 PM
gmr gmr is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 407
Default

Make sure all the mounting screws are snugged up and the guard is not riding against an edge of the fretboard. My old ES had tha problem with the edge of the guard touching the housing of the p90. I used a foam pad under under the front of the guard where the screw is to elevate the guard off the pickup.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-19-2016, 04:06 PM
815C's Avatar
815C 815C is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: The Hills Of Tennessee
Posts: 3,672
Default

I had buzzing on my L-5 that turned out to be a loose mounting nut on the volume pot which was mounted into the body of the guitar. I've had the tailpiece buzz as well and solved that by weaving a strip of leather thru the strings at the tailpiece.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-20-2016, 08:04 AM
Hot Vibrato Hot Vibrato is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 455
Default

Pickguard buzz can drive you crazy. If it's an acoustic archtop, you don't want anything touching the top, so slipping foam between the pot and the top will deaden your tone. As others have mentioned, slightly bending the bracket is the best solution.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-21-2016, 07:36 AM
k_russell k_russell is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 454
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hot Vibrato View Post
Pickguard buzz can drive you crazy. If it's an acoustic archtop, you don't want anything touching the top, so slipping foam between the pot and the top will deaden your tone. As others have mentioned, slightly bending the bracket is the best solution.
It's an acoustic with a floating pickup. I'm going to try some foam or felt first. If I or my discerning audience notice sound impediment, I will take on the bracket adjustment.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-23-2016, 06:14 AM
k_russell k_russell is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 454
Default

So I carefully removed the bracket and adjusted the position with taped channel licks. After testing my work, I returned the guitar to the case and ate dinner.

After dinner I retrieved the guitar and discovered the pot be back in its preadjusted position. The culprit is the case. The lid closes tightly enough to press the pick guard to the sound board. I wonder if I can adjust the case. The case came with the guitar.
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Archtops

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=