1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
     
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Friend has a big problem with his P pickups...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Riki323, Aug 15, 2017.


  1. I have a friend who own a Fender Mark Hoppus bass and every time i see him live i can't help but notice something,every time he plucks the strings a bit harder with his pick,the bass produces a loud 'click' noise and the note he was playing is silenced(completely overshadowed by the loud click).What could be the problem? (his bass is brand new)
     
  2. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    He is hitting the pickup pole pieces with the string.

    He needs to lower the pickup or change his picking style.
     
  3. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    He is hitting the pickup pole pieces with the string.

    He needs to lower the pickup or change his picking style.
     
  4. I'm surprised it wasn't obvious to him what the problem was, because the string will stick to the pickup when this happens.
     
    Aqualung60 likes this.
  5. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I couldn't have said it any better myself ;)
     
  6. hondo4life

    hondo4life

    Feb 29, 2016
    SC
    He is hitting the pickup pole pieces with the string.

    He needs to lower the pickup or change his picking style.

    IMO
     
  7. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    Is there an echo in here? ;)
     
    Aqualung60 and charlie monroe like this.
  8. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    I have a bass where the strings hit the poles when I'm not careful and they've never stuck.
     
    JGbassman and stigbeve like this.
  9. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Because you'd have to completely loosen your strings for that to be possible. You must be one of those weirdos that plays with your strings tuned to pitch.
     
  10. Also turn the treble knob down to kill off some pick sound.
     
  11. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    The hoppus was designed sans tone control, so it's on 11 all the time!
     
    waynobass likes this.
  12. waynobass

    waynobass Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    Texas
    Tell him to play with his fingers like a REAL bassist.

    :wacky:
     
    bolophonic likes this.
  13. A strip of Electrical tape over the pickup pole pieces.
     
    NicJimBass likes this.
  14. Shame on me for not being more clear.
    They do stick momentarily & it changes the string's vibration. It's very audible, unless maybe you have some pretty high string tension.
     
  15. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Dingwall-Fender-Jule-Dunlop-Tech 21-Darkglass-Nordstrand
    It's not pick sound, the string is actually hitting the pole piece.
     
  16. But you can do it on the amp...
     
    JGbassman likes this.
  17. WardEarth

    WardEarth Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Anchormanville, CA
    My bass has been making a sound occasionally that I'm having trouble detecting. It's none of the above. Could be a fret related noise but it's pretty rare and I'm usually fairly familiar with those kind of noises.
    It's kind of a med volume click. I'm wondering if it's bridge related at all. Only happens with the e string. Any ever have any bridge noises? Maybe something is a little loose, saddle moving or something. Guess pulling off the string and checking the bridge would be the way to go.
     
  18. BassikLee

    BassikLee Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Deltona, FL
    Owner: Brevard Sound Systems
    What's this "tuned to pitch" nonsense? Sounds like witchcraft to me. I like em real loose like in that ZZtop video where they faked a headless pair by cutting the heads off cheapie necks, and used a capo to barely hold strings on. That's the feel I go for. Uberslinky
     
    meatwad and Novarocker like this.
  19. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    I had a P pickup where one side would click if your finger hit the pole piece. Apparently the pole pieces weren't grounded on that coil of the pickup. A lot of times they will ground them with adhesive foil and it can come unstuck. My solution? Replace the pickups and electronics. Extreme? Yep.
     
  20. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    I could've!:cool:
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2017

Share This Page