Discharging static from guitar cable by the input jack

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Post by Bebopcat »

On my distortion/overdrive pedals, I use 1/4 inch jacks that have switches on them. I wire the switch so that when you remove the guitar plug the hot input connects to ground and you don't hear any noise from the pedal in the amp. Would this have an added benefit of discharging static electricity from the guitar cable when you insert it in to the input since when it first makes contact with the jack it will be connected to ground? I thought this may be able to protect the opamp from static charge without having to add a buffer. :hmmm:

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