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noisy j on aerodyne p/j

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by rluk, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Uh oh,

    I just swapped the stock pickups on my fender aerodyne jazz to duncan
    quarterpounds. Huge imporvement soundvise (omg the lows!), but
    however it didnt get rid of the noisy j-pickup problem what was
    the main reason for swapping the pickups in the first place.
    It is a little less noisy now, ok for live situations, but I will sure
    get my ass kicked bu the sound engineer when i show up in the
    studio with it.
    Now after doing some more research here on Talkbass (now why
    I didnt do this before? :p) I we come to understanding that, this
    is actually a "feature" of P/J basses since the split p doesnt hum
    because they cancel eachother out and the single coil j hisses,
    beacause there s nothing that would cancel it out (explain please :))
    So, what are my opetions here, to get some sort of humbucking J?
    which one to go with the quarterpound p?
    Get one of these p/j sets? The problem is solved there somehow?
    which set?
    Any otherways to get it quiet?

    Fellow P/J lovers, please help :)
  2. bass-shy


    Jan 11, 2005
    IMO, a stacked Jazz in the bridge is the way to go....good luck......
  3. bass-shy


    Jan 11, 2005
    I'm pretty sure that SD makes one.......maybe?
  4. protoz


    Nov 30, 2000
    If this works I'll have to get that pickup. I have an aerodyne with the same problem. I get around it so far by cutting the J's volume down to about 70% and it gets rid of the noise when the P is all the way up but I can't solo the J at all.
  5. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    yup turning down the j 50% or turning tone down helps
    but this is not a solution at all :D
  6. protoz


    Nov 30, 2000
    Yea but it makes it more useable and my sound engineer didn't really make any comments on it with the J turned down :S

    Stacked J seems the way to go to get rid of the buzz
  7. Gord


    Jan 10, 2004
    BC, Canada
    on a kind of unrelated note, I'd really love to hear what the bass sounds like! I just got an aerodyne and have been considering qp's, so I wanna hear yours!
  8. truckin88


    Oct 18, 2001
    Newburgh, NY
    i just put some lightning rods by sd, they are active, i got them off ebay, sound is KILLLER....killed the j buzz for me
  9. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    Whenever you add a singlecoil bridge to a bass with a P pickup, change pickups from humcanceling to singlecoil, etc., you're running the risk of adding noise to your signal chain. Well....actually, there really isn't much risk , as adding noise, 60-cycle hum, etc. is a virtual certainty! :( There are a number of quality pickup manufacturers who make a humcanceling singlecoil that still sounds like a singlecoil...some use a stacked design, some use a split coil (similar to a P pickup)....both tend to work very well. By going with a huncanceling jazz in the bridge, you can solo either pickup or use them in any combination and should not have to deal with any noise issues at all as long as the pickups are quality and the bass is sheilded properly. I've been down this road with several customers and find that once they go with a humcanceling jazz pickups in the bridge position, they're pretty happy! :smug:
  10. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    thanks jpj, that is what I wanted to hear :)
  11. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Allright, finally got my dimarzio ultra-jazz and it sure did the trick.
    All quiet now :)
    And nice sound too.

    Thanks again guys.
  12. johnvice


    Sep 7, 2004
    Quaterpunders in my Aerdyne are a huge improvemnt but it doesn't compeltly solve the problem. I am contemplating replacing the balance pot with a two way switch:

    1. neck OR bridge
    2. neck AND bridge
  13. wow, good to see this thread, im GASing for an aerodyne, and if it had started fuzzing out on me i wouldnt have known what to do :D
  14. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    stacked or split bridge j pickup is the way to go! :D
    go and get the aerodyne now! :D
  15. I would, if i had the money, i just got an Ampeg SVT-II yesterday! :ninja:
  16. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    argh, now i m jealous too :D
  17. yea... only way to cut the noise is to lower the volume on the bridge pup.
    But I kinda like the noise outta mine... I get great feedback from it... make it squeal and scream, but then again my band encourages noise.