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OT: RE: Electrical current

Hi Toby,
Thanks for your response. Just to be clear. The question I was asking (which essentially, you've answered) was what voltage I should expect to be exposed to when using any outboard gear powered off mains. I'm powering my graphtech piezo system with an Axon AX-50, and I'm measuring 12 volts? Forgive my ignorance, I'm far from an electrical engineer! :-)
----- Original Message -----
From: Toby G
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 12:17 AM
Subject: Re: Electrical current

Guitars aren't "powered" by electrical mains. They use the induction of the string crossing into the magnetic field of the pickup.  I've only measured about .5 Volt output from my guitars and I'm sure the amperage is quite low.  It would be much worse to get a 9v battery on your tongue.
If you're using a tube amp, some with 450 V biasing voltage, if you had a shorted input capacitor you could possibly get that voltage at the guitar but I don't think the guitar lead(cable) would handle it.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 4:10 PM
Subject: OT: Electrical current

A question regarding health and safety. Is the voltage/current in electric guitar p/u's in any way hazardous to your health? I'm particularly interested to hear from guitarists who use high powered outboard gear and MIDI pickups with guitar to MIDI converters, which use electrical mains, both AC and DC.