Weird overtones with Fender nickels
I have this weird overtone thing going on with my open E on my '09 Am Std Jazz.
Guy I know told me to string it through-body next time, did that didn't work.
It's with all the pick-up configs. Guy also told it could be the chrome covers on my bass. But it still makes the overtones with them off.
Unplugged it seems to be there, too. Albeit more subtle.
So... String or bass issue?
First thing I always try with wierd noises is pluck the string, touch it close to the tuner and then behind the witness point on the bridge. If you try this, does it change anything?
Pickups could be too close to the strings . . . .
I have difficulty understanding what you mean. I'm sorry. :( I read American scientific medical journals, but it's my second language nonetheless. What's a witness point?
About the string life, it does seem to decrease somewhat with age. Still enough to bother me, though...
If it is caused by a pickup being too close, it has nothing to do with which pickup is selected.
It has to do with a pickup magnet pole being to close to the string and affecting how it vibrates.
Either pickup can be too close, and both pickups will sense the bad tone.
After you play the string, put a finger on the short part of the string behind the saddle barrel at the bridge, same with the string between the tuner and the nut. If the noise changes or goes away, its a vibration in that area.
Sometimes if the action is low it will make a strange harmonic. I do believe it is not electrical since it does it without power on at the amp.
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