grounding/shielding issue... need help

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by zapuz, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. zapuz


    Jan 25, 2019
    so I've recently bought vintage v4 as my 1st bass and I'm already fed up with it. It came with one part of coil like miter and under pickguard. I decided to put everything like it should be and do grounding by the way. I think I picked wrong aluminum foil because it was with glue (it looks like double sided tape) now when I'm playing everything squeaks and cracks. I think that I've done grounding wrong or wilkinson pickups are poopie...
  2. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    City 17
    Seems to me that if you think you chose the wrong foil tape, (and it sounds that way to me) then you probably did. Also check all the connections. I'd go there before blaming your pickup.
  3. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with Vintage basses. I have two VJ74 basses and a V4 on the way. I shielded the VJ74s (control cavity all the way and the bottom of pickup cavities) with copper tape. You can also use aluminium tape (one sided) or aluminium foil and spray glue. Do NOT forget to ground the shielding. Connect a wire from the shielding tape to the back of one of the pots or to the ground lug of the jack socket. Wilkinson pickups are pretty good, even when compared to the well known US brands. Good luck with your V4.
  4. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Squeaking and cracking are not sounds I associate with electronic issues. If you have a noise that stops when you touch metal/strings/bridge, then your bass requires shielding. If the noise gets louder, you have a grounding issue. Aluminum tape will work to do shielding but it is not the ideal material, I'd recommend copper tape or conductive paint.
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