Originally Posted by girlonbass
The problem with the lack of noise rejection through lack of shielding is that you'll only notice the problem when you are in an electrically noisy environment. In the old days before digital electronics we used to repair radio transceivers in copper lined rooms. These rooms were electrically dead quiet.
These basses have no shielding. So if you are standing out in a corn field somewhere you not going to had much chance of hum. But if you are standing next to a neon sign, the hum will drown out your playing. Real playing situations can be anywhere in between.
I took my Jazz in and had it professionally shielded. It cost mabye $60.00 It's much better now.
In my view I can't see why an instrument approaching $2000.00 wouldn't take this in to consideration.
Well welcome to the real world today. I've got a Fender MIM Jazz Deluxe V and it came with conductive paint. And truthfully I probably could had lived with it like it was. But the paint was only about half working and there always a bit of hum coming through. So eventually I just decided to go hardcore and attack it with shielding with copper foil.
And while usually it isn't necessary to shield the battery cavity or the jack cavity I went whole hog and did them all (note the tech was right about shorts if you shield the jack cavity you have to put shrink tube around the jack to keep all the tabs sticking out from shorting to the shielding).
Bottom line is the bass is now DEAD quiet no matter what hum field you are standing in. It never had single coil hum because it had "noiseless" pickups which I hated, but now it's got SCN pickups which are also noiseless and that bass is totally quiet from any hum. Yep a good and proper shield job really does work! Wonder why Fender doesn't know this?