Hey peeps! Yesterday I installed an EMG Geezer in my Skyline Lakland 44-51. Now I understand why all these people praise this pickup. However, this thing had a small hiccup which was solved with the most unexpected method. I followed EMG's instructions and had everything installed in minutes. I plug it in and there was this huge hum. Additionally, the moment I touched the bridge, I couldn't even hear the bass sound, just hum and noise. I opened up the control plate again (two screws only, yeah!) disconnected the grounding from the volume pot and there it was... silence. I plugged the bass again in the amp and there was no noise. None, whatsoever! So now I had, not only a great bass with tone for days, but also possibly the most silent bass I've ever played. Is it weird that the bass should sound like that without being grounded? I thought grounding was mandatory or something. By the way, kudos to EMG for making this pickup! @JimmyM now I get it!