I'm a complete newbie when it comes to guitar, and this website incidentally, but I decided to learn and pick myself up an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus, and a Peavey Vypyr 15-watt amp. I originally went to the store to pick up a simple Marshall 10-watt, but let the clerk talk me into the Peavey with all its built-in effects for 20 dollars more, and kind of regret it.
Anyway, I wanted to plug my guitar into the amp and give it a strum for the first time ever, just to hear it and feel it...But upon turning the power on the amp and raising the volume a little, I was unpleasantly surprised by a very loud buzzing or humming. I was quick to blame the amp for this and got ready to take it back, but I decided to mess around a bit first..
If the instrument is not jacked into the amp, the horrible buzz isn't present. On top of that, when the guitar IS plugged in, and I pluck a string or two, I can't hear it-- this leads me to believe the problem may be with the guitar, which I bought online, so the process is a little more difficult than just taking it back to where I got it and exchanging..
Just to get it out of the way:
-Yes, the guitar's knobs are turned up
-No, I do not have active pickups-- there's no plate on the back to take off and insert a battery
-And finally, strangely enough, when I plug into a tuner, it seems to be able to pick up the signal..
What could that awful sound be? In turn, why am I not able to make awful sounds with the guitar itself?
It sucks to have technical problems right off the bat, you know? I was excited to get ready to start learning the instrument; not learning to fix it-- though, I suppose it'll be good knowledge to have when it's out of the way.