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New pickups installed yay! Feedback noise boo!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by diverse379, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. diverse379


    Mar 4, 2015
    Hello forum
    I have a quick question
    For wiring on a standard type pbass

    I installed some 50’s reissue
    Pickups I bought it as a complete pick guard set up
    All wired all I had to do is install it and ground it

    Simple right?

    Well not for me
    Took two hours
    Horrible soldering skills

    My question is am I supposed to be getting a hum when my tone control is turned up?

    Is it the hotter pickups?
    Or did I damage a pot?
    By soldering too much
    I know I’d did something crazy
    Because yesterday it hummed unless I turn d volume all the way up and tone all the way off

    Now it only hums if time is opened past 1/4turn
    And will stop if I touch the bridge
    Or hold the strings hard

    I followed basic wiring diagrams
    I attacked the bridge ground wire to the back of the volume pot

    There is one wire coming off the back of The tone pot but I can’t tell where that goes?
    Is that stray wire coming off the back of the tone pot supposed to go somewhere
  2. saabfender

    saabfender Inactive

    Jan 10, 2018
    Yes, it's wrong. Take it off, flip it over and let's have some pictures.
  3. diverse379


    Mar 4, 2015
    I hope you can see
    I don’t have any electrical tape on that bridge ground solder and it looks that wire is twisted around on that volume pot
    So if may be lying along the side of it

  4. diverse379


    Mar 4, 2015
    This is a basic wiring and it seems like I have done what this diagram shows

  5. diverse379


    Mar 4, 2015
    Wait I think I do see a difference

    My bass is wired from jack to back of tone pot then to volume pot

    I. The diagram it goes directly from the jack to the tone pot
    Does that mattter?
  6. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    That doesnt matter. They're grounds and the order doesn't matter. .

    You need to cover up that bridge ground joint, as you say so it doesn't contact any hot wires when you button it down. Even regular tape is better than nothing. Likely thats the problem because all else looks good.
    Slater likes this.
  7. Funkinthetrunk

    Funkinthetrunk Registered User Supporting Member

    There's hardly any bare wire coming from the bridge. Cut it and strip the bridge ground wire, resolder it to the pot ground wires.
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