The guitar is a noisy instrument. If you play any kind of heavy/loud/distorted music, you have to contend with feedback, 60hz hum, preamp buzz, string noises of various kinds – it’s ALWAYS a challenge.
Luckily, with the problem comes a solution (thanks technology!) – the GATE. A gate is simply a mute that opens when you play, and closes when you don’t – in theory, anyway. But because of the nature of how an amp is designed, there’s a trick that will make your gate WAAAYYYY more effective.
Check out the video for the complete technique and an explanation of how it works, featuring Glenn Fricker’s Cock Blocker gate pedal!