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Question about a Stingray hum....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by baddarryl, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. baddarryl

    baddarryl Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    Cape Fear!
    Hi all. I demoed a new Stingray 5 in a store today with the 3 band and single pickup with a 3 way switch. While I absolutely LOVED that bass the thing had a fairly significant hum with the switch in the middle position. Like a jazz bass hum but worse. It would increase if I boosted the pre amp settings. Switched to the front or rear and it was silent. Is this normal?

    Also how does this sound differ to the 2 band? I hear a lot of people like those.
  2. What age was it? The latest Ray 5 H basses do not have a single coil option, so I doubt it was 2008- onwards.

    Even if you do get a Musicman with a single coil switch, like the Sterling 5 H, HS, or Stingray 5 HS, there should be zero hum.
  3. baddarryl

    baddarryl Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    Cape Fear!
    New on the rack.
  4. PotsdamBass8

    PotsdamBass8 Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    I'm fairly certain that even the older SR5s that have the single coil option also combine it with a dummy coil so there shouldn't be any hum.
  5. Plus one.

    If its a 2008-, it won't even have the single coil option now unfortunately.

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