The Wire Proximation Theory – A guide on reducing guitar noise
Reducing guitar noise is the one thing every guitarist wants.
Noise relayed through amps via guitars will hinder most guitarists at some stage or another. Searching for a guru, that can eliminate ground hum noise is always on their minds. They will go from person to person and spend a fortune to try and rid their guitars from this annoyance.
Installing a humbucker is not always an option. Either because of the style of guitar or because of affordability. Though I came close to making noiseless pickups, I kept looking for alternative solutions to this common problem.
Then it came to me
Wire proximation theory came to me over a few years of working with this hinderance called noise hum. The biggest improvement you can make to a guitar is noise reduction. The Theory is simple, but implementing it in all guitar designs seem to be problematic. The proximity of two wires with separation insulation determines the biggest difference in the quality and price of your guitar.
This being said, it’s also very easy to change a group of wires, that are assembled by the manufacturer, in a single wire out, that separate the wires with more clearance between them. Best is to group signal wires and group ground wires together. This separation of their wires will make all the difference.
Wire quality seems to be better with high-end guitars. Plastic insulation on thin wires might be the problem with lower-end guitars. A screen wire around makes a difference, but separating the ground wires from the signal wires is where the solution lies.
The noise that is created by the wiring is amplified thousands of times when played through your amp. Proximation theory is one solution to make cheap and expensive guitars less noisy. This will help reducing guitar noise, also known as hum.
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