This question is more for curiosity than to remedy the problem since the bass in question will not be mine in a few months once G&L rebuilds it for me. I received an LB-100 from G&L and it has had a host of problems. One of which being an excessive amount of buzz from the pickups whenever my hands weren't on the strings. The buzz is also accompanied by a slight "pop" whenever I do touch the strings. The local G&L dealer can't find any reason for this to be happening. The shielding is fine and the ground connection and continuity is fine. What I did notice on my own is what happens if I touch the pole pieces. I know that doing this can sometimes produce noise, but this is a weird one: If I touch (with my fingernail) the pole pieces under the D & G strings, I hear a very very faint hum which would be expected. If I touch the middle two poles under the A & E strings, I get the same result. However if I touch the outside poles under the A & E I get an extremely loud buzz that sounds like I just unplugged without turning down the amp. Could those two coils be bad or maybe the ground to those two coils doesn't exist? In comparison, my Fender Am. Std. P is dead quiet when I touch the poles. Again I'm not keeping this bass, I'm just wondering out of curiosity because it's definitely not normal from my experience.