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Need help with E string noise

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by squeally dan, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    Using a 1998 USA fender jazz bass. Noticing that after playing a note on the E string my hand sometimes comes down too close to the neck pickup and makes a loud noise. It's when my hand is coming back down to rest and I land on the low E string too hard. How can I fix this? Do I just need to work on technique and developing a softer touch? Recently I borrowed a Geddy lee bass for a gig, and didn't have this problem.
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I would agree technique is a part of it but how high is the pickup? What type of strings are you using and how old are they?
  3. squeally dan

    squeally dan Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    Will have to check the pickup height when I get home. I don't know the string gauge, but I do know they are over a year old.
  4. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    I have a weird issue too. When playing the D string, if I hit it too hard above the pickup, I get a loud clicking sound. It isn't normal string noise, I think it's something caused by the string getting too close to the magnet. Don't know about the pickup height, but they're fresh EBs that came with my SUB.
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    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Strings hit the pickup because it's too high, I suggest lowering it.
    I'm king at simple solutions.
  7. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    No way :eek:
  8. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    I figured out the issue. It actually wasn't the D string, when I plucked it hard, it would push my thumb on the E string down quickly, and make contact with the pickup and produce a clack from pulling the string in. This sounds like OPs problem.

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