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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    Tupac

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    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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  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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

    Tupac

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    No way :eek:
     
  8. Tupac

    Tupac

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    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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