How to eliminate guitar buzz, noise and hum from your rig

A Gretsch electric guitar, Orange amp and guitar pedals
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Noise seems to be every guitar player's nightmare. It can be buzz, hum, hiss, air-traffic control... (This Is Spinal Tap, anyone?)

I'll start off by saying that guitar rigs are a noisy environment to begin with. Gain has a lot to do with noise, but if things are clean before it hits the gain stage, your rig can be quiet (er).

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown is a producer, engineer and guitarist for A Pale Horse Named Death (featuring members of Life of Agony, Type O Negative, Biohazard) and Seventh Void (featuring members of Type O Negative). He was also a touring sound engineer for Lou Reed, among many others, and works on the Local 1 crew at Best Buy Theatre in New York City.