Noisy Bass

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  1. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

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    I have an 84' SQ MIJ bullet that is ticking me off. It was quiet when I bought it but now its unplayable to to buzzing. It started after I adjusted one of the pups (mustang type humbuckers) and added tapewounds. I figured its the tape wounds and took then off..no help. I then thought it was the volume pot since it made the buzzing worse if I turned it full open..changed it..nope. I tried shielding it but ran out of tape but the job was decent...nope. I pulled the bridge all is ok ..good contact. I even soldered a ground wire from the jacks ground lug to the sheilding..no help.

    I am giving up ..any ideas? its a simple bass circuit. I thought of just gutting it and starting over new wire, pots, jack or take it to a shop I know of. Could it be the pups..I'm wondering but the bass sounds great except for a very loud humming and buzz. Thanks.
     
  2. BGF

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    Take it to the shop you know of. Hopefully, they can test out the pickups as the problem started when you adjusted one of them. Could be just a loose wire at the pickup.

    Good luck!
     
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    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

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    Yea, I looked at the connections on the pups and they look good...?
     
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    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

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    I thought I would pass this on although I doubt few care. I thought this might help someone else with his issue.

    I finally fixed this bass. After sheilding it and all with no effect on the hum/buzz. I soldered a wire from the shielding tape itself to the lug on the jack where the bridge grounding wire was attached...done!

    I had heard of star grounding a bass or something like this with a screw and all ground wires connected before when it just hit me. The bridge reduced the buzz when touched so follow the bridge lead and attach a gound wire to it at the jack lug. I am a happy camper now
     
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    Happy news, It's great to get an old favourite back to serious playing condition!
     
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    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

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    Thanks! This old Squier has a sick maple neck on it with rolled edges ..really fast. Even thou it has Mustang type pups it has a cool tone that cuts thru and will come in handy in my new rock band.
     
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    Yup, that's a basic ground connection that should be present on every bass. If the bridge isn't grounded, it's buzz waiting to happen.
     
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    Well there is the issue and the reason for my post. The bridge ground was fine ...well connected and good contact to the bridge. I have worked on guitars and basses for years and this one stumped me.

    I raised the pups a few months ago and tried tapewounds for the first time. I always thought it was the tapewounds which I never dug and took them off. It still buzzed like crazy with reg chromes on her. So I shielded it, even changed out the volume pot thinking it was bad...BUZZZZ is all I got.

    I had shielded a few basses before including a very noisy SX years ago and it worked...not this time. I posted here and figured I jacked up the pups and was going to take it to a shop. I was lost.

    Last night I got angry wondering WTH? So I said if the bridge when touched and properly grounded stops all humming then I should trace the wire from the bridge to the jack. From there I attached a wire (jack) and soldered the other end of the wire to the shielding tape and .."poof" no more buzz = a happy camper and bassist.
     

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