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Horrible crackling and popping from basses

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by PhilZone96, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. PhilZone96


    Sep 19, 2011
    I recently bought a new bass, A warwick thumb 5, it has emg pickups in it.
    Whenever i wiggle the cable when its plugged it, the sound goes out. Also, whenever i take it out or put it back in, it makes a terrible crackly noise. There's occasionally a combination of both when i wiggle it.
    I just bought new cables too, so i doubt its the cable. The guy i bought it from said he recently replaced the output jack as well.
    What's goin on here? I've also got another thumb pro that does something similar.
    The help would be appreciated.
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    The output jack most likely has a loose solder joint. Though it happening on another is odd. Maybe they both need a visit from the soldering fairy?
  3. PhilZone96


    Sep 19, 2011
    I should add though, I bought it today. I played it through his amp and its sounded great.
    So, the new cables I bought are crap(i got fender custom shop cables), or something's up with my amp. But I'm playing through both my amp and a pa speaker i keep in my room and it's happening to both.
    Could it have something to do with the electricity in my house?
  4. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    You need to isolate each possible cause. You have to test the bass with a known good cable and amp. Test the cable with a known good bass and amp.

    It is doubtful that all your cables are bad.
    Are your basses new?
    With the symptoms you describe it's doubtful that it's the electricity in your home.
  5. Growlmonkee


    Jan 30, 2013
    Florida, U.S.
    Output jacks are often the cause of what you are describing, I am not sure what type is used on the Thumb Bass, if it is a closed cylinder type..they are notorious for causing problems, and even an open type panel jack can look good...and be bad. The fact that he changed it does not guarantee that the new one is good. I obviously can't know what the problem is...and looking at a cylinder type jack reveals nothing, but, that would be my number one suspect, and for the $10 that they cost, ($5 if it's an open panel type). I would replace it, if the rest of the control cavity was neat and clean. If you do buy one, Switchcraft brand jacks are well worth the dollar extra for the brand quality. If it's a closed cylinder jack, but, an open panel jack would fit the bass, that would be my choice, they aren't problem prone, if not I'd use a Switchcraft closed cylinder jack.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2016
  6. KickingBass

    KickingBass Look into it

    I know this thread is a couple months old but I've been having this same problem with my EMG solderless Jack. Any recommendations? Would I have to solder the Jack?
  7. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! Supporting Member

    Barrel jacks fail. Replace the jack.
  8. KickingBass

    KickingBass Look into it

    I'm not using a barrel jack. Either way, would I replace the jack with another EMG solderless jack (cant find those for sale on their own), a switchcraft one, or just solder onto the EMG one?
  9. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    Another possibility is that the "hot" tab of the jack (or even a single strand of wire) is too close to the wall of the cavity and is making intermittent contact with the shielding when the plug is moved.
  10. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! Supporting Member

    I was replying to op.
  11. KickingBass

    KickingBass Look into it

    Oh whoops, I thought it was to me since this is an old thread, my mistake.
    /\/\3phist0 likes this.
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