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Buzzing Bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by MikeKaperys, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. MikeKaperys

    MikeKaperys

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    Warning: total noob here.

    Today I finished building my first custom bass, and I love it. Just one problem though, whenever I'm not touching the strings (or any other metal part of the bass for that matter) the amp buzzes? If I touch a pole piece in the pickups the buzz gets louder. Also, if I turn the tone knob completely off the buzz stops.

    It's a precision style bass with passive Wilkinson WPB pickups in it. Everything is wired correctly according to the schematic from the I have. Everything is grounded correctly. I can't seem to figure out what is causing it.

    Any suggestions guys?
    Cheers
  2. MikeKaperys

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    If I add a ground 'lug' like on the Fender schematics would that solve the problem do you guys think?

    Cheers
  3. bumperbass

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    Bridge grounded? Make sure all grounds go to all other grounds....maybe you missed one.
  4. MikeKaperys

    MikeKaperys

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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    Everything is grounded, yeah. I have no idea what it could be. Beggining to think it could be a sheilding issue, possibly?
  5. bongostealth

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    Your volume and everything else works as it should? Are you getting full volume?

    If so, it sounds like it could be a shielding issue. I would suggest you take it to a tech because sometimes even if you follow a wiring schematic, you will find that the schematic is still not complete in terms of grounding and shielding. A tech would know where to add extra ground wires and/or shielding.

    Doesn't sound like a major problem.
  6. MikeKaperys

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    Yeah volume works fine; the bass seems to be really loud for a passive bass too.

    Will do, cheers guys!

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