Element Notch system producing static
I own a Larrivee OM-03RE (about four years old) which includes the LR Baggs Element Notch electronics system.
Recently I've noticed that there is a varying amount of static present in the signal from the guitar. I've swapped out batteries in both the on-board preamp and in my Para DI box as well as cables, and found that the problem remains. (For a true A/B comparison I also used the same signal chain with another guitar. The problem did not appear with that guitar.)
Is this a common problem with the Element Notch system, and what's the best resolution?
I believe we spoke earlier today. If you have any further questions, let me know.
Yes, thanks so much Caleb! I so appreciate the fact that you made my issue's resolution a priority over maximizing the bottom line.
Did you get an answer to this problem? I have the same issue and tried cleaning the sliders knobs etc out with contact cleaner to no avail.
Originally Posted by tyoung13
I emailed LR Baggs and got this reponse (an FYI to anyone else who may experience a similar problem)
I suggest shining a light through into the soundhole toward the bottom of the preamp/control unit. Observe whether or not the black-jacketed wire is routed through a set of plastic tabs on the preamp unit's housing. It may be necessary to place a mirror in the hole to see this.
If the wire is not routed through those tabs, see how far from the preamp before the first wire clip or anchor point. If it's fairly far from where that cable is connected to the preamp and the first wire anchor, or if there are no wire anchors at all, it suggests the wire was able to swing back and forth over an extended period.
You should be able to reach in and manipulate that wire. If it is stressed and/or damaged from swaying about, you should be able to get some crackling/popping/buzzing to occur.
If you are able to get that result, is that the same phenomenon you originally wrote about?
If so, a replacement output cable is available.
If it's not that cable, does manipulating the silver braided wire produce any of the noise in question?
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