Is this hurting my speakers?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by metalbass101, Jan 2, 2005.

  1. metalbass101


    Jan 24, 2004
    My squier bass makes this cricking and cracking when it plays (aside from hiss) and it slightly sounds like electricity. When a play loud it REALLY makes cracks and crackles, is thisdamaging my B212 speakers?
  2. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    Hmmm. It's impossible to answer your question without knowing what the sounds are really like. As regards the sound of electricity, that's probably what it is. My last Squier was a great bass, but had no shielding at all, so the electronics onboard act like an antenna and you pickup all the electricity in the wallls (60hz) and amplify it. I ordered a roll of shielding tape for $5 from Stewart-McDonald and shielded the whole thing and it was dead silent after that.

    If it sounds different when you touch the strings than when you don't, it could be that the bridge is not grounded and needs to be.

    I suppose if the jack is loose, it could sound rather "bad" and wiggling the cord would make that obvious.

    The rest of the noise could well be fret noise from roundwound strings; cricking and cracking doesn't tell me much.

    Any sound can damage your speakers. Every time the cone moves there is a small amount of wear somewhere; that's entropy for you. Very loud noise spikes are likely to cause more damage than quiet smooth sounds.
  3. ardorx


    Sep 23, 2004
    Sugar Land, TX
    Mabey you're picking up signals from an extraterrestrial species trying to tell you they're jealous because they like your cabinet. Or mabey you just do need sheilding as mentioned above.
  4. metalbass101


    Jan 24, 2004
    I'd imagine those aliens bieng more jealous over my 1001rb-II than the Avatar, I mean the Gk is the "Pro'est" thing in my rig so yea. Well I mean my bass is ALOT quieter when I have my fingers on a metal part . I turn up the tweeter and I get this very uncomfortable "DAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" when I slap, unless I put in the Digitech Bp-200, which sounds good but is a hiss-central. I prbably shouldn't be too concerned about this bass. I'm about $80 dollars away from getting a nice mid-level shecter so mabye it will be different. All the hiss and excess-rumbleing and crackles I get from this rig are annoying, but they can't hide the sound of this amp and this cab that I have. Best two choices I've made with my money so far.
  5. White_rabbit


    Jan 3, 2005
    Way dont you buy another bass? I never liked that squier think fender does... maybe I'm wrong but I think you should not waiste your money fixing your bass. Just try to buy another one.