Pickup noise on brand new MIA Fender Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SIFJiggy, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011
    So ---- I searched, nothing was found on this - although I know my fellow TBers will know exactly what's going on here:

    My new Hand Stained FSR with Standard (not 62 CS) MIA pickups sounds wonderful - as long as the volume is topped on both pickups.

    Once I drop out one pickup or the other --- a BUNCH of hiss.

    *** is this? what do I need to do to fix it?
  2. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    You need to define a "bunch" better. There is a certain amount of normal hiss with single coils especially soloed. Then, you need to look at what other electrical things are around you, especially things like fluorescent lights.
  3. theres nothing you can do. its single coil hum. totally normal.
  4. Electro-Harmonix HumDebugger pedal might help a little.
  5. Rocky McDougall

    Rocky McDougall Guest

    Apr 19, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    This is why Fender offers "Noiseless" pickups on some models. Why don't they put them on all models? Because many players prefer the tone of the Single Coil Jazz pups and they usually play them with both Volumes at max to eliminate the noise.

    Like mdogs said above, the amount of noise will vary with the location and the surrounding electrical disturbances. Your tone knob can reduce it somewhat but it's just the "Nature of the Beast"
  6. BassBob1


    Dec 21, 2010
    That's your single coil pickup 60 cycle hum. My late 07 American standard jazz has the same pickups as yours and when I favor one pick up or the other there is a tiny little bit of hiss/hum. As soon as you start playing or in a mix you shouldn't notice it one bit. If you are around florescent lighting or other electrical sources, they can sometime cause a little extra noise. Depending on what "a BUNCH" really means to you, you probably don't have a problem. You may need to have the bass shielded or get noiseless (hum canceling) pickups but to me they take a way the "real" jazz bass sound.
  7. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    The reason you're not hearing the noise when both pickups are on at full volume is that they are wired to act together as a humbucker when they're both up at full. If you lower one of them, the hum cancelling is no longer equal and the bass will hum.

    As the others suggested, there's not really anything you can do other than to try and avoid playing close to electrical equipment and in areas where there's less electrical interference, but there will always be some degree of hum with single-coils.

    There are a lot of hum-cancelling pickups on the market by a lot of different makers, and many of them sound really good, but none of them really sounds exactly like a true single-coil. Unfortunately, the tone comes with the noise - no extra charge!
  8. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011
    Cool - I didn't take a lot of not of my electrical environment - but when I say "BUNCH" it really meant that it almost "switched" on kind of dramatically - it wasn't a gradual rise of noise, it was more of a on/off immediate thing.

    I've got band practice tonight, so I'll see if it is annoying in the mix. Thanks for the quick help everyone!
  9. greggster59


    Oct 31, 2006
    New Jersey
    If you lower both pups evenly they should cancel out when they match. That's another way to test whether or not what you hear is problem or characteristic .
  10. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Feature, greggster59! It's a feature!
  11. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Have you considered shielding the pickups? I bet it removes a large portion of your unwanted noise.