During months when the humidity is low, a ghostly scratching can be heard when strumming certain guitars. My Nashville Tele is particularly prone to this affliction. It seems some pickguards like to build up and discharge static electricity resulting in the aforementioned scratching sound. There is a cure and it’s found in almost every house, the ubiquitous dryer sheet! Simply rubbing it on the offending pickguard will quiet the spirits and let you get on to having a productive session. I also always keep one in my guitar case in the event it happens at a gig.
After a recent show, I spoke with studio guitar legend, Mike Landau. I was impressed with how he was able to keep the stock whammy bar of his Strat exactly where he wanted it. This becomes more and more difficult the longer the bar has been in use and the the threads become worn. The solution comes from the world of plumbing: pipe thread tape! ( it seems I’ve always had a roll sitting in the studio. ) My Jeff Beck Strat has never been happier.