My electric guitar stopped working today, although it makes a hissing noise every time I touch the strings. The wire and the amplifier are not the problem. It's a Hertz J200N Electric guitar. It is not making any sound, expect when I touch the strings, it starts to pick up signal from me. Any help?
It sounds like the ground connection has broken somehow. Try running a temporary wire from a metal part (eg the bridge) to the metal surround of the lead socket (a metal part, not painted, so thatit makes a connection- or perhaps the metal surround of the lead plug itself)- I'm guessing, but this will possibly re-establish the earth. If it makes a good sound with that connected, I'd conclude that the earth connection to the lead plug has broken. This can happen because the socket moves about as the lead is pushed in/out, and eventually breaks.
If this is the case, it's usually a really easy soldering fix.
EDIT: A bit more detail was requested: If the ground wire in the lead socket of the guitar has broken (not common, buit does happen), a way to check this is:
Get some electrical wire- or even a guitar string (anything metal for electrical contact) and connect one end to a metal part of the guitar, eg the bridge, and connect the other end to the metal surround of the lead socket. You might just have to hold it in place with your fingers.
If that end is hard to connect, often the lead's plu has a metal surround (anywhere except the tip) which is earthed, so you could connect it to that.
Then strum the sguitar strings. If it makes a sound, then it points to the earth lead in the guitar's socket.
To fix this depends on the type of guitar. Is it one of these? It looks like you can take the panel off the back of the guitar and get to the wiring through there.
Have a look at the wiring inside and see if you can see anything that's come away
Alternatively undo the nut around the lead socket in and remove the socket. You only need to take it out enough to see the wires and get a soldering iron to it.
There should be two wires connected to the socket's terminals. If one of the wires has come off, that's the problem.
Re soldering to fix it: best to google that. If you've never done it, it's really not difficult, and a domestic soldering iron is pretty cheap.