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Ibanez SR305 Buzzing

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Plucky The Bassist, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Hey guys and gals,

    My used Ibanez SR305 came in yesterday and with a little tweaking, is playing like a champ...except for one thing, there's a buzz or noise that doesn't seem to go away.

    I searched and found that if it goes away when you touch the strings it's a shielding issue, if it gets louder when you touch them it's a grounding issue. Mine is neither, it does nothing when I touch the strings, which is why I'm inquiring on here. Obviously the treble knob makes it worse, and it does this no matter what amp I'm plugging into. The electronics are all original and don't look like they've been tampered with at all (only the style sweep pot was a little loose, but tightening the nut solved that easily). Just a cheap preamp that has seen better days? I'm going to replace it with a Bartolini NTMB in time, but I just wanted to know if there is anything I can do to help with this while recording.
  2. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Could it be an issue not in the bass? Have you tried it in different amps or with a different cables? (recording setup could be having hum/noise pickup)

    Another test would be to take the bass and move it around in different orientations (not necessarily playing it) and see if you can find a position where you can "null" the noise. If you can, then that is a hint that the problem has something to do with the humbuckers not bucking hum properly. For example if a humbucker pickup gets one of the coils shorted it will still play but will now be single coil and pick up hum just like they do.
  3. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Tried it in my Traynor YBA200/Kasino 2x15 rig and in my Carvin BX500/Avatar 2x10 neo rigs with the same results. What has me perplexed is that the touching the strings has absolutely no effect on it. Cables are good, I use them with other basses and have no issues, same story with the rigs...other basses have no problems with them whatsoever. The only thing that makes any difference is turning down my treble on the bass' onboard EQ. I'm just worried about going DI with the bass and driving the soundguy and other players insane with the buzzing lol
  4. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

    Mar 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Sounds like either a bad connection inside the bass or a short. I recommend re wiring the whole thing to make sure its done right.

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