New P/J - How do i Fix 60 Cycle Hum?

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  1. faulknersj

    faulknersj Gold Supporting Member

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    I just got a new Fender P/J bass and I've got some 60 cycle hum issues. The bridge jazz pup is a single coil. I am going to have the bass sheilded, but am also wondering if throwing a split coil in the bridge might help. Any advice is greatly appreciated!! Thank You!!
  2. awilkie84

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    Split coil pickup, or just dial in the P pickup ever so slightly. Also, once you start playing, you should barely hear the hum. Sometimes grounding with your hand can reduce it a bit, too.
  3. RCCollins

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    You can shield it yourself, which will HELP reduce the hum. A split coil pickup, however, would SOLVE the problem.
  4. faulknersj

    faulknersj Gold Supporting Member

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    Sounds like a split coil is the way to go.
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  6. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

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    A Split coil won't ever sound exactly like a single coil, but the hum problem will be eliminated completely.
  7. MeLikeDaLowNote

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    What gives? In this day and age, why would they still manufacture basses that a plagued by such a simple problem? Is the single coil sound impossible to get any other way?
  8. CPplaysBASS

    CPplaysBASS Gold Supporting Member

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    +1

    To the OP, I know that hum can get inside your head at times, but you will lose the true characteristics of the single coil that, to me, makes my P/J the "go to" bass in my collection. My P/J hums ... in between songs ... but I know it's going to song sweet and punch through with the full band going, and it does. Can't hear any hum when playing.
  9. mystic38

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    nope.. there is no sort of hum reducing pickup that sounds like a single coil..

    and if you put a split coil, or hum cancelling pickup in the bridge position, then quite simply, it is no longer a P/J

  10. Musiclogic

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    So the Fender J's with noiseless pickups are not really J's?
  11. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    :confused:

    PJ's come with all kinds of pickups. As long as one of those is a P pickup and the other is a J pickup...it's a PJ.
  12. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

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    Not if you want single coils in your J.
  13. CPplaysBASS

    CPplaysBASS Gold Supporting Member

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    It comes down to why you want a P/J in the first place ... I added a single-coil J to my P-Bass to add some top-end clarity and crispness. Other pickups that are not true single coils will fit without modification, and they may sound great, but they won't deliver the same kind of top-end clarity that compliments the P split coil so well (in my opinion). I've learned to embrace the hum personally :)
  14. R&B

    R&B Don't want no treble. Supporting Member

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    I could not stand the 60 Hz hum on my first jazz bass. [I have come to embrace it more fully now.] So my solution was to install DiMarzio DP123 Model J pickups. Those are some excellent sounding split coils IMHO...it still sounds just like a Jazz...and the hum is GONE.
  15. faulknersj

    faulknersj Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the input guys! I'm definitely dropping a split coil in and the buzz is not an option for me with the venues I play. I need a output split coil jazz pup. I really prefer the 'stacked' single coils like Fender Noiseless (SCN).
  16. WoodyG3

    WoodyG3 Supporting Member

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    Just remember that the humbucking bridge pickup you choose will need to match up well with the P pickups output.

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