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Either something is wrong with my Fender Precision or I got scammed, please help :(

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by cheche32, Oct 26, 2013.


  1. cheche32

    cheche32

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    I bought a used Fender P-bass MIM online, it looked and sounded normal (to me) but it makes a lot of hum when the tone knob is at full or near full, the hum goes away when I touch the knob or the strings. I used my bass with my boss noise suppresor and it helped, but the NS must be almost past the middle to get rid of the hum. I plugged it with my sansamp and the ecuation: p-bass + sansamp with presence= a LOT of hum that laughs in the face of my boss NS.
    I tried the same amp and the same cables with my Fender Jazz Bass American Standard and there is no hum at all.
    Finally I told my friend about my problem and he said something like: "Dude what if this guy sold you a bass with the neck of a Fender and the body and pickups of a Squier? How could you tell?,
    I've heard that Squier basses make a lot of hum" I dont want to sound like the paranoid parrot, but could you please help me to solve this thing?

    Edit: Here is a video I made about the issue

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7qX4CpAax8&feature=youtube_gdata_player
     
  2. RxFunk

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    Pictures would help.
     
  3. russpurdy

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    Squier basses usually have "squier" printed on the neck plate. What colour is it? Some finishes are only available on fenders and some on squiers. Taking the neck off and checking labels/markings would help to identify it as well.

    As for the humming, it sounds like you probably have a loose ground wire. Very minor fix. If your comfortable with DIY you can look online and find wiring diagrams that show how everything should be connected. If your not comfortable with this take it to a tech or someone with some wrig experience and they should be able to fix it up quickly. P bass pickups are usually pretty quiet whether they are squier or fender but a loose wire will cause some. Might also want to check the outlets your amp is plugged into and make sure they are properly grounded.
     
  4. cheche32

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    Im taking photos, my bass neck is Fender and the serial checks but my friends idea is that the neck could be Fender but the body and the electronics Squier
     
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  6. rolandm

    rolandm In search of the lowest note. Supporting Member

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    Squiers generally don't hum any more or less than a MIM Fender would. In fact, many Squiers are better built than MIMs.
     
  7. rolandm

    rolandm In search of the lowest note. Supporting Member

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    And FWIW, your bass may have a bad bridge grounding wire.
     
  8. cheche32

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  9. kulit17

    kulit17 Wal Collector #35 Supporting Member

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    If your comfortable with it, you'd need to take the neck off the body. You can immediately tell if its a squire or a MIM. It's been a while since I seen a squire neck pocket, but they do differ that with a MIM there is usually a date printed on it, which should match the dated year (+- 1 year) it was made via the serial on neck. I believe the tone caps may differ too.

    How you describe the issue though sounds like this especially if the hum goes away if you touch the strings:

     
  10. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Supporting Member

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    Nope. The fact that the hum goes away when the strings are touched proves that the bridge ground is intact. It's amazing how much bad information gets passed around on this topic.

    To the op, are both sides of the pickup working? You can tap the coils with something metal to check. Sounds like you just may have a noisy bass. Shielding may help your issue.
     
  11. SolarMan

    SolarMan Supporting Member

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    I looked at your pictures and it looks legit MIM to me - pickup included.
     
  12. cheche32

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    I just checked, yeah both pickups are working properly im umploading a video of my bass
     
  13. cheche32

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    Ok I separate the body from the neck, what does this mean??:

    https://db.tt/ptsYDJvz
     
  14. spaz21387

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    sounds like the ground came loose somewhere. check under the bridge and inside where the pots are for loose wires.
     
  15. JellinWellen

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    It could be the wiring in your practice area or your amp. My amp was having minor grounding issues and my wiring Is pretty mediocre so I get exactly what you get from my P bass. I went to the local GC and it was dead quiet, take it to a local guitar store and see if it still does it there.
     
  16. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

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    i don't see how something with cheaper hardware can be built better! i think you might mean assembled better,.. lol. :D
     
  17. cheche32

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  18. jordan2

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    sounds like a grounding issue
     
  19. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

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    That's a great looking bass.
     
  20. uOpt

    uOpt Supporting Member

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    Does it get to be acceptable when you touch the strings? Because that's how guitar makers build things, they use your body as a shield.
     
  21. cheche32

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    Amm yeap when I touch it the hum dissapear but when im playing (I don´t use pick) the hum becomes very annoying
     

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