Old Jazz Bass Resonance Problem

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by matti777, Jan 10, 2014.


  1. matti777

    matti777 Supporting Member

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    My old 60's jazz bass has this odd resonance problem on the E string. At least its most prominent on the E from the 7th fret up. If I let the note ring (undampened note) I get a odd sounding chorus or resonance. I'm not sure what to call it. At one time I thought it was the bad acoustics in my basement but its not so. I've had a set-up, changed strings, moved/swapped cabs, tried a different room, etc. Today I loosened the screws on the front pickup thinking it was old hard foam problem but no change. Moving the front pickup closer to the strings makes it worse (its about 1/8" or a touch more) Its definitely coming from the bass and it doesn't matter which pickups are selected, tone setting, etc. Any ideas?
  2. lz4005

    lz4005

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    The neck pickup is too close to the string. The magnetic field of the pickup is interfering with the vibration of the string.

    Back it off a little and it should go away.
  3. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

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    pickup height
  4. antoniolopez90

    antoniolopez90

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    I had to shim the neck on my RW jazz to have more room for pickup height adjustment and keep action as low as I wanted. I had a similar problem when the string was too close to the pickup pole piece. Now I love my set up though
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  6. Hapa

    Hapa

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    pickup height is most likely.
    poles on pickup got knocked up somehow (this is a unrealistic probability)
  7. matti777

    matti777 Supporting Member

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    Good call guys. That was the problem. The bass tech said pickup height wasn't adjustable :eyebrow: and then I knew there was a problem. I think the height is supposed to be measured with string depressed so they were high. Its much better now.
  8. RSBBass

    RSBBass

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    Please don't call this person a bass tech. There are many more accurate terms (not sure they are allowed on the forum though).
  9. matti777

    matti777 Supporting Member

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    don't get me going;)

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