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is it my pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Stingray, Sep 30, 2001.

  1. Stingray


    May 12, 2000
    I have a four or so year old peavey b-ninety with what im pretty sure are the original pickups(i bought it used from someone). when i play my bass i get theis hiss or electronic rrrrrrrrrrrrr noise that drives me crazy. it is stronger when my hands arent touching the strings and weeker when they are. is this my pickups or is it my amp or am i just insane. and if it is what type should i replace them with (if its not them i stilll think four year old pickups have to be gettin worn out).:confused:
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    If it changes when you touch the strings, it is most likely a grounding problem.
  3. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    It may also be a shieding issue. A poorly shielded instrument will also hum like that.