Posted 04 October 2008 - 06:17 AM
Hi! I play a an older model Taylor 614CE with onboard electronics. I bought this back when Taylor was still installing the preamp box in the side of the guitar. I hate it, but I'm stuck with a hole in the side of my guitar (on to the problem). I had an LR Baggs iMIX system installed a couple of years back, and have replaced it twice due to noise problems. After replacing nearly all my cables with expensive gold-tipped cables, replacing pedals (RC-20 Loop Station), using Deoxit conditioner spray, etc., I have isolated the problem to the iMIX. When I play, I get intermittent noise that sounds like some kind of static buildup that releases itself in what sounds like a "squelch", or a spike of some type, and it is very disruptive. Sometimes it happens when I start a gig, and sometimes it happens later on. It seems to have something to do with velocity, or the way that I strike a chord. It may have something to do with capacitors in the iMIX, I don't know. I have tried everything I know to solve my problem, from Bounce (laundry product), to taking the battery out and blowing in the hole (sounds stupid, but it seemed to work once or twice. I'm frustrated because I'm making a living playing my guitar, and heads are turning when this noise starts happening, which kills my playing and confidence level! I own an LR Baggs M1 Active soundhole pickup, and am thinking about having that installed, and killing the iMIX. I suppose I'll have to leave it in, otherwise I'll have another soundhole! Is there a way to close this in? THANKS FOR ANY SUGGESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE! I've brought my guitar in to the most reputable guy in Charlotte, and he cannot find the problem, as it never seems to happen while it's in his shop. HELP!!!