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Buzzing when I touch active pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ridethespiral, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. I searched for a while about this, but only found information about when people touched the knobs or strings so please forgive me if this has been asked many times.

    When I touch the pickups, I hear a buzzing sound. This is quite a problem because my palms and thumb often touch the pickup when I'm playing. This buzzing goes away when I touch the knobs, but not when I am touching the strings or bridge. They are active EMG 35's.. I've looked inside and all solder joints seem solid. There is a ground wire that isn't used (for the bridge) but that's to be expected as you don't ground actives from what I've read.

    Perhaps someone could give me some pointers?

  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    now that's weird!

    i'm sure the pickups are grounded, or they wouldn't work. (still, it's worth it to check, that the pickup braided leads and the backs of all the pots connect to each other, and to the sleeve of the output jack.) is there cavity shielding in the bass, like graphite paint? be sure that stuff is grounded.

    finally, there's no reason you couldn't hook the bridge ground back up, that doesn't affect anything and would make your problem go away.