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Jazz Bass pickup noise!!!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by trjazzluva05, May 25, 2010.

  1. trjazzluva05


    Jul 14, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    My jazz bass sounds good but has one problem: my pickups have a loud noise when my finger comes in contact with the pole pieces. how do i fix this? My pickups are Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups.
  2. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Don't touch your pole pieces :). Seriously, they're all like that.
  3. awall


    Oct 30, 2006
    I was just about to ask the same question. MIM deluxe jazz. I don't remember any noise before I swapped pick ups. I switched to single coils and thought they were to noisy. I put the original noiseless back in and now they make noise until I touch the strings. If I touch a pole piece with my finger, it makes a loud buzzing noise. Maybe we can figure this out.
  4. You can get rid of the noise when you touch a pole piece by grounding the pole pieces themselves. Here is a Musicman style pickup with grounded polepieces:


    Notice how the pole piece bottoms have a strip of copper foil which is then connected to the pickup ground.

    A simpler way of avoiding this problem is to put some electrical tape over the top of your pickup.
  5. tjmdetroit


    Jan 27, 2008
    Detroit, MI
    TomB.... "Hey doc everytime I lift my arm, it hurts bad....what should I do?" Doctor; "Don't lift your arm." RIMSHOT. YOU FORGOT THE RIMSHOT....man....
  6. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    What Stereo Joe said.

    Awall, if you noiseless ones were noiseless before you messed with them, then you did something wrong re-wiring them.
  7. Medford Bassman

    Medford Bassman Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Medford, Wisconsin
    I had this dreaded pickup noise when I touched them as well. I also had hum when I let go of the strings. The Audere website was a wonderful help on how to troubleshoot these problems.

    A quick order to StewMac for copper shielding tape then I shielded the cavities, inside the pickup covers and also laid the tape on the bottom of the magnets and ran a wire to a body ground.

    I am talking seriously dead quiet. Like scary dead quiet. I love it.

    My question is why don't all basses over $1000 come like this? Honestly, how much would it cost to add this level of shielding to kill all noise? Just an observation from a simple guy who owns a couple of $1000 + basses.

  8. I agree with you completely. If an ignorant hack like me can completely shield and re-wire a passive bass in a couple hours, why can't a pro do it before boxing up the bass?

    This actually reminds me that there is a great little music store in my old home town where the (sole) proprietor not only completely shields all of his stock instruments, he also dresses the frets, does a complete set up and replaces the strings. Every instrument you pick up off a rack in this store is perfectly ready to rock! He even does this to the cheap Fender knock-offs he has....
  9. Metania


    Oct 15, 2011
    Orthodox Theology, Byzantine History, horror movies, crafts, making stuff from leather. Flirting with awesome women :-)
    With a Jazzie yo never know! Mine was quiet this morning. Now, 6hrs later it hums aggressively loud when I touch the neck pup pole pieces! I contribute the problem to bad electronics. Mine is shielded almost wrapped entirely in copper tape! No reaction - but HUMMMM!!! GRRRR! (when you let go of the stings) HMMM!
  10. Growly Lytes

    Growly Lytes

    Dec 4, 2009
    Downunder Oz
    Bass player
    Not much at all !
    Just money hungry & to get them out fast as possible.
  11. Growly Lytes

    Growly Lytes

    Dec 4, 2009
    Downunder Oz
    Bass player
    So im quessing tommorrow morning it will be dead quiet again till 6 hours later or whatever ?