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My K5 is picking up German radio!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Marley's Ghost, Dec 23, 2003.


  1. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    I was just sitting at my pc with my MTD K5 in my lap with the strings muted when I heard the unmistakable sound of German being spoken from my cab. I cranked up the gain, and sure enough, there it is. A woman and a man speaking German. What the F?
    :eek: :confused: Damn passive pups!
     
  2. hehe.. had the same problem with my old samick.. we were in this studio-building and my bass-amp was playing guitar. turned out that the guitarist next door had a wireless-kit that made my bass go boo-boo. :p
     
  3. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
  4. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Indeed!
     
  5. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    :confused:
     
  6. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Your [​IMG] avatar.
     
  7. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    oh..yeah....;)

    but what about the german radio station?:confused:
     
  8. Corbis

    Corbis Guest

    Feb 19, 2003
    Wamego KS
    I've picked up phone calls before.
     
  9. i get the CBC radio on my cheri amp. its weird to be playing and get boring talk radio coming though your amp, or old time music like lawerence welk
     
  10. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    If it's a single-pickup Kingston, it really shouldn't pick up any noise since the pup is a humbucker. Could it be a shield problem with your cable?
     
  11. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    I'd start here too: It is unlikely to be the pickup itself, more likely to be a wiring fault of some kind, and the most likely failure is usually the cable. Basic trouble shooting will be to eliminate everything external to the bass, then look inside. Start with the cable, then check your amp, then check the internal wiring. The pickup on that bass is very unlikely to be the culprit.

    ...oh yeah...


    GENTLE GIANT!!!

    ;)

    (always loved that band! :D)
     
  12. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I'm going to shunt this off to Setup for some sheilding advice...
     
  13. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Ray Schulman rules! :bassist:

    Merry Christmas Gard!

    I am going to troubleshoot it more today. I agree, it is probably not the bass. I am really starting to dislike my rig. :mad: Maybe time for an Eden makeover :cool: