Picked up a Gibson EB 2014 5 string, brand new from interstate. Sounds great, neck is killer, but it has this intermittent pop going on. It can happen when I have the strings muted with my left hand and not playing, it can happen while playing (no, I'm not slapping and pushing the string on to the pole pieces, nor is my finger touching the pole pieces), and it can happen when it is just sitting on my lap with no hands touching it. It is bizarre and doing my head in. It's not a deal breaker, but it isn't right either. I could return it, but these aren't made any more, and I want one. I've spoken to the shop, and they are working with me, and my trusted tech to work this out, but no luck yet. We found a badly tinned earth wire on the output jack. The strands seemed to be touching another terminal. fixed that and it's still the same. The barrel output jacks on these aren't great quality, you can push the lead to the side and sound cuts out, so we replaced the output jack. It is an inherent flaw with this style of Jack says the Tech. I agree. The push/pull pots are sealed units and the tech says they either work or they don't. Gotta take his word for it. More playing and exploring today. It seems to be more related to the bridge Pickup. It doesn't seem to pop when the neck Pickup was solo'd. I touched the screws holding the bridge Pickup in and there seems to be heaps more noise than when touching the screws on the neck Pickup. Could I be onto something? Looking for any insight and thoughts from people that may have had something similar, or have any ideas. Thanks!