My SG is Shocking Me -Literally

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by IndyRocker, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. JohnnyGoo

    JohnnyGoo Well-Known Member

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    Ah good ol Ace Frehley.love that song by the way Voodoo
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    this is great thread! When I am going through posts here, I often think how
    helpful this would be to a newbie, or to someone who's not a member but is
    looking for info or for help with a similar problem.

    sometimes I write replies not just for the OP, who may be quite advanced
    but for the lurkers who may become members later if they begin to
    understand the benefits. so yay-rah ETSG! this thread might just save
    someone's life.
     
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  3. IndyRocker

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    I am going to take my amp back to the guitar shop I got it from tomorrow and just trade it in on something else. I would like one with built in effects so I don't have to use a pedal to get the sound I am after. Any suggestions?

    Oh, and for the moderators, this turned into an amp related thread =)
     
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  4. frankd

    frankd Well-Known Member

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    Use pedals unless you are as lucky as most members with digital modeling amps . Im not I like straight up tube amps with OD Or distortion
    I rarely use any effets other than a compressor with the OD's at times
    Im in the reverb sucks club LOL.
    frankd:dude:
     
  5. Six String

    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    Not knowing what your budget is even with the trade in, something still small but with a little more versatility would be good. Ask what gives that and will make your SG sound great. But keep in mind, their job is to sell stuff so maybe taking the SG with so you can tell.

    Like Col. M. said, this is a pretty important thread about safety so
    although it may be less SG oriented it is still important. It can be moved later........... :)
     
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  6. IndyRocker

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    Glad my near death experience could benefit the forum! :wow:

    And thanks for the tip. I will take all my gear in with me tomorrow and try out some amps.
     
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  7. IndyRocker

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    I got a new amp today and problem solved. Thanks guys for all the help! You guys ROCK!

    I'm sure some of you are a little Country too. But I bet most of you rock :dude: :)
     
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    I think this may be and amp grounding problem. Try a different amp before you spend any money.

    Ha, I did not read the entire post before answering, forgive my redundancy.
     
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  9. potatofarmer

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    These "ground polarity" switches date back to the two-prong days. They slap a capacitor from the chassis to one or the other incoming lines from the outlet (live or neutral). Commonly known as "death caps" these days; it's best to not use them and (when feasible) remove them.

    Even properly-wired and safe amps can result in shocks at venues where the vocal PA is grounded to a different circuit than the stage power. If you're touching a microphone, you're fine. If you're touching a guitar, you're fine. If you touch both at the same time, you're completing the circuit between the two grounds.

    If you sing, put a pop filter in your gig bag along with your outlet checker.
     
  10. Kaicho8888

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    Just for information, never disconnect the "equipment ground" on a three 120V prong plug. It safely grounds the metal case of your amp, the shield of your cord, and other normal non-current (@120V) carrying metal like your strings. Should there be a short in the amp, fault current goes through this ground conductor to trip the circuit breaker quickly.

    Good you got a new amp...hope the next guy gets the amp fixed. Using that defective amp, when playing your guitar and you touch a solidly grounded metal like a microphone with a properly grounded PA...you can get a tingle, or worst get ventricular fibrillation. Your hands cannot let-go at only 0.010 Amp.

    Yeah, like somebody mentioned carry that $5 receptacle tester. This is especially more important when you play outdoors or at festivals with temporary generators...better to be safe.

    regards,
     
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    It has been my practice, since first being electrocuted at Oak Park's infamous Toad Hall, in 1969, is to test the ground continuity by placing my left thumb on a string and left pinky on the mic and stand(Guitar at low volume, amp and PA "ON".). That way, if there is juice, it goes across my hand, not my heart.
    ;>)/
     
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    You can buy mains testers - like a screwdriver with a wire coming out of one end and a neon bulb in the handle. One of these will find the live stuff for you without shocks.
     
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    Yeah, funny, I carry one in my "go" bag, but have never used it for that.:laugh2:
    ;>)/
     

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