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Old 08-21-2006, 04:39 PM   #1
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How did I get an electric shock?

Ok.. explain this to me..

I plugged my guitar into my amp via my pedal, and sat at the computer with it - ready to play a tab off the screen. I then realised I had pulled the USB router connection out of my router and it was laying on the floor (the cable being plugged into the usb port and not the router at this point). As I picked up the cable to plug into the router, I froze and just vibrated .. basically and felt this ****ing huge current running through me and I couldn't move or anything. After about 4 seconds it stopped and I dropped everything and ran downstairs..

After a couple of minutes my fingers were burning and I have got these blisters on the ends of them burning like ****..

How comes that happened? I'm scared ****less of my guitar now lol
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Old 08-21-2006, 04:45 PM   #2
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Pix please, and that sucks, too much simultaneous electronics touching i guess
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Old 08-21-2006, 04:46 PM   #3
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Grounding problem maybe?
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Old 08-21-2006, 04:52 PM   #4
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Wow, it seems like you were just unlucky. I gotta agree with 23 in that it was just some kind of grounding problem.
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Old 08-21-2006, 04:53 PM   #5
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Could be a grounding problem, you may have been using different outlets, they can be connected to different fuses at the fuse box, try connecting everything off of one outlet, or go to the fuse box and see what outlets are on the same fuse.
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Old 08-21-2006, 04:56 PM   #6
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Well if that current went by your heart, you might wanna get it looked at... Shocks like that can mess up your heartrythm and cause serious trouble, and you might not notice it at first, could take several hours.

No such thing as beeing to carefull I guess :P But i deal with electronics n' **** at school, and if you get a shock going for example from one arm to another - that always means a trip to the hospital just to make sure...

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Old 08-21-2006, 05:04 PM   #7
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:27 PM   #8
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:36 PM   #9
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Informative. Thanks, Nick.
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:40 PM   #10
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I got shocked the other week while I was holding my guitar. The equipment wasn't the problem though. It was the freaking lamp sitting on the music stand. It was in a rehearsal for a gig, and the lamp had a wire touching the metal covering. I figured this out afterwards. It didn't turn on, so I figured the bulb was shot.

I took it off then started shaking and spasming and what not, but it didn't hurt me as much as it just scared me. Tiny blister on my thumb.
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:42 PM   #11
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:44 PM   #12
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The funny thing is, I got shocked and it was a gig at a church
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:44 PM   #13
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My 7th grade science teacher had this mini generator that he would use to shock us..

the chairs in the classroom had metal legs connected to screws that went through the main body of the chair, to where you sit, so he would shock the leg of the chair and the current would ride up the metal straight into your arse.

that was an awesome class, we never did anything..
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:55 PM   #14
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The funny thing is, I got shocked and it was a gig at a church
Hahahaha.
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Old 08-21-2006, 07:41 PM   #15
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Sounds like your amp grounded itself to the USB cable via you.
You really should never plug your amp into an improperly grounded power supply.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:25 PM   #16
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I got shocked the other week while I was holding my guitar. The equipment wasn't the problem though. It was the freaking lamp sitting on the music stand. It was in a rehearsal for a gig, and the lamp had a wire touching the metal covering. I figured this out afterwards. It didn't turn on, so I figured the bulb was shot.

I took it off then started shaking and spasming and what not, but it didn't hurt me as much as it just scared me. Tiny blister on my thumb.
Did it feel like you were just vibrating and like tensed up? Like a really weird feeling? It's bad aint it thats what happened to me and it lasted like 3 secs so it didnt help i couldnt drop the wire.

Same it scared me more than hurt me although the couple of blisters stung a bit.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:29 PM   #17
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reminds me of the time i shocked myself with a lamp a few years ago....and my amp a few weeks ago. both were because i'm an idiot. for the lamp, i had broken the bulb open (while it was in the lamp), turned the lamp on and touched the wire in the bulb. that was stupid.
as for my amp, i had taken the head out (hartke 20W combo) and left it plugged in. i then touched the fuse out of curiosity- bad move. never touch something that's plugged in. i suppose both of those stories say something about my thought process.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:32 PM   #18
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reminds me of the time i shocked myself with a lamp a few years ago....and my amp a few weeks ago. both were because i'm an idiot. for the lamp, i had broken the bulb open (while it was in the lamp), turned the lamp on and touched the wire in the bulb. that was stupid.
as for my amp, i had taken the head out (hartke 20W combo) and left it plugged in. i then touched the fuse out of curiosity- bad move. never touch something that's plugged in. i suppose both of those stories say something about my thought process.

Nice.

No offense, but after seeing the lack of foresight displayed in both those instances, I'm honestly amazed that you are still alive.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:34 PM   #19
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I shocked myself once from unpluging a guitar amp.
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Old 08-21-2006, 10:17 PM   #20
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I shocked myself once by being able to play thunderstruck.










bad joke, I concur.
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Old 08-21-2006, 10:25 PM   #21
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I laughed...


mostly because being able to play thunderstruck would surprise you though
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