buzzing with Realist

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by rich8364, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. I have just put a Realist on my new bass and am getting a kind of high-pitched buzzing noise when I play. This noise is present whether or not the pickup is on. The feet of my bridge are not big enough to cover the entire area of the Realist and I'm wondering if the buzzing is the bit of the pickup that's not under the bridge foot vibrating against the body of the bass. Has anyone experienced this or similar - and have they been able to solve the problem?
  2. The feet of any bass bridge are smaller than the entire area of the Realist, so this is not the problem. Actually, by changing the position of the pickup under the foot (even very slightly) you change the sound coming from the pickup. Sometimes you can improve it this way quite significantly.
    So, I don't know about the buzz - how about the wire touching something? Or, maybe it's coming from the bass itself... (Of course, I hope not!)
  3. What does it sound like? Is it a tikitikitiki sound on a particular string?
  4. Hi Bonaventura

    It's more of a high-pitched kind-of scratchy tone - almost another note - and exactly the same pitch no matter what string I play.
  5. moonshiner

    moonshiner Guest

    I used to use the Realist and sometimes it would do the same thing. The cause was that the jack was not snug. I hope this helps. Cheers...
  6. Are you sure it's the Realist? Did you take the Realist off and see if the sound is gone?

    I have a tikitikitiki sound coming from my A string -- a Spirocore Weich -- for just a second or two when I pluck with some force. I thought it was the Realist for the same reason you describe, but when I removed the Realist and even changed the bridge, it was still there. Still haven't got it figured out... :confused:
  7. I seem to have it sorted now. After adjusting the jack input, restringing the G, generally fiddling about a lot, the buzzing has gone - for now, anyway! Thanks for your postings. :)
  8. Basswhore


    Feb 18, 2007
    New Orleans
    I had the same problem with my realist. It was the edges of the pickup that didn't fit under the bridge. The foil that the pickup is covered in will bend up and vibrate against the body. I taped it down to make it stop. I eventually solved the problem by not using the realist anymore. For that kind of money I don't want to have to fool around with foil and tape.