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Epiphone Viola pickup help!!!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by hmm..username.?, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. hmm..username.?


    Jan 31, 2009
    so i picked up my epiphone viola bass yesterday and started doing some fine tuning on my amp, equalizer, etc because my guitarist is returning from college in chicago. I plugged in and made sure all of my settings were correct, and when i cranked the volume, I discovered a horrible buzzing/hissing noise. This only happens with the equalizer on, but doesn't happen with my other basses and guitars. Is this the pickups? Is this the equalizer? Is this a problem with using the equalizer and these pickups together??? Its a relatively cheap bass guitar, but I am in love with the way it sounds and it practically plays itself. The equalizer is a necessity for this guitar because without it I get a horrible amount of low end boom.

    Where is my problem??? If its the pickups which pickups should i be looking in to for both fit and sound? again, its a relatively cheap guitar and I am pretty sure modifying the space for the pickups would cause more problems then it's worth-

    Thanks very much, you guys are the best!
  2. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    What equalizer are you using?
  3. I've been having a similar noise problem with my Viola, though I'm not using an EQ (occasionally a chorus or dist pedal, but usually nothing) From what I've been reading its a common problem, but I can't seem to find a fix, if there is one. Is anyone else experiencing noisy humbuckers in their Epi Viola?

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