I was playing my strat today, alright? and then i decide to check the forums. notthing unusual. i turn down the volume on my strat and BAM i'm listening to crappy pop music through my f*ck*ng amp! how do i prevent this and does this ever happen to you guys?
I have that problem sometimes also. It's the worst. As far as my guitar and pedal setup go I put a lot of effort into shielding the guitar and making sure there are no ground loops in it or on my pedal setup, and sometimes I still catch the local radio stations. It's frustrating because my X3 is always silent as ever when I use it, but when I use the setup I really like (my Carvin Master Tube Series) its a hit or miss as to whether or not I'm going to just be a big antenna. I understand and am fine with the idea of distortion making noise or a hiss but sometimes it's a pain in the a$$ when you've got a lot of noise and junk coming through your rig when you're palm muting or playing something with a lot of breaks that are supposed to be silent.
ya guitar volume is down and i hear the radio. its so ironic because i just got down playing me some maiden and i start to hear pokerface by lady gaga. i HATE lady gaga with a passion. i LURV iron maiden. so wtf?
I got a power conditioner, fixed the problem for me, one day I was playing some sevendust songs, I stopped for a second, and britney-spears came through my cab speakers! BLAGH!! But yeah, make sure your guitar is grounded/shielded well, and after that, get rid of any dirty power to your gear through a power conditioner and you should be fine. Any other thoughts people?
I had this problem with a home built amp. The cure was to put a 10K resistor between the first tube and the input. It acted like a speed bump to the antenna signal. A buddy of mine had problems with his amp, and some contact cleaner did the trick on the input jack. Turn the volume off on the guitar and see if you get a signal, if so something is funky in the amp. Otherwise it could be the cord, pedals, or guitar. Good luck.
If it were me I'd figure out if there's an amp or a guitar issue. Did you try a different amp? Different guitar? Then clean your pots depending whichever it is. then check grounding. if that doesn't solve it bring it to a tech. I'm not an expert on amps so I'd defer to the experts.