Okay, guys -
This is something I don't run into with any other guitar. Somehow, running my hand down the neck of my Les Paul Studio creates static electricity that shows up in the amplifier as a "crackle."
The neck is covered in thin nitro - mahogany. I can feel the grain, but it doesn't feel rough. I wiped it down a couple times but I can still reproduce it easily.
In researching, there are several theories on this - something in the nitro, carpet, shielding in the control and switch cavities, etc.
I have cement floors, so it's not carpeting. There's no shielding in the cavities at all. The control cavity has a circuit board with pots built into it.
Any thoughts? Thanks very much.
[SOLVED] So you don't have to run to the end of this thread, the lion's share of the static on the body and neck was solved by wiping them down with a 50/50 solution of Downy fabric softener and water, then letting it dry. I just sprayed a little of the solution on a towel.
Curiously, Jim - the guitar tech I had look for a short - said that when he plugged this beast into a solid state amp, there was no static. When he plugged it into a tube amp, it was loud as Hell. I'm not sure whether that means anything to anyone.
Thanks for the help and thoughts, guys.