How do I get rid of a metallic ringing?

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  1. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Supporting The Gold Gold Supporting Member

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    Hey Folks

    My G&L L2500 Tribute PUs transmit a metallic ring upon every tap/bump to the bass. Whether I tap the body or a piece of hardware, it just rings out. Even worse, when I flip a switch on the electronics, a very definite 'PING' is heard.

    Is there a fix for this I haven't been able to find?

    Thanks TB
  2. freatles

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    You mean its microphonic (if you know what I mean)? Or just the usual hot pickup + strings ringing?

    There's always noise gate, like ISP Decimator.
  3. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Supporting The Gold Gold Supporting Member

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    Unsure really. I'm plenty used to hot pickups. I own a Darkstar and I have a USA L2500 pu in another bass and I've heard nothing like this on those basses.

    I forgot to mention that it's only when the neck pu is involved. Is this a microphonic thing? I've not heard a pu in such a state.
  4. mrb327

    mrb327 Just say No to Tort Supporting Member

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    Just an idea, try adjusting the neck pickup height to factory specs. I have had a bass do this to me after changing strings, the fresh and bright sounds are easily picked up and will cause this type of effect.
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  6. freatles

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  7. Templar

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    Dunno about the Tributes, but a lot of USA G&L's had the "spring ping" issue. Easy fix if that's the cause.

    Pull the pickups out, insert a small piece if rubber/foam into the support springs in the pickup cavity. Problem solved. I've done the procedure a dozen times.

    It seems that when BBE took over at G&L they forgot to add the little chunk of rubber to the springs. The earlier G&L's all had the spring dampener included. Without a dampener, some G&L basses are virtually unplayable because of the pinging noise. It varies bass to bass. Good luck, hope this helps.
  8. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Supporting The Gold Gold Supporting Member

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    Well, it was a return item, so it's possible PU height had been tampered with. What I noticed is that all pole pieces are down as far as they are able. Is that factory spec?.
  9. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Supporting The Gold Gold Supporting Member

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    Templar: Thanks man! I'll check that. A 'spring ping' is exactly what it sounds like.

    Freatles: I'm unsure of what you mean. Pic Heavy?
  10. LongHairFreak

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    Cool! Put a thin piece of non-deteriorating closed cell foam (dampening each end of the springs) under each pu and the bass is as quiet as it should be.

    Again, thanks!

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