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Ric "crackle" sound??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass-only, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. Bass-only

    Bass-only Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2001
    Just picked up a beautiful Ric from a fellow TB'er!

    I've used mostly "active" basses in the last several years, so I'm not sure it this is "normal." - can the single coil pickups in the Ric cause some "crackle, static-like" sounds while playing?

    I've noticed that I hear this crackle coming through the amp when I play the bass and if I run my fingers up and down the fret board (on the strings) I hear the static crackle also.

    Now - I did re-install the pickup cover when I got it, but I followed the schematic from Rickenbacker and nothing has come lose.

    Is this something I just need to get used to - or does it sound like something that can be "fixed?""

    Thanks all and Happy Holidays!

  2. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I would expect a certain "crackle" coming from a Ric, passive single coils and quite hot at that. However, if it is affected by the strings then I'm inclined to think it's more than just pickup noise. It may be a shielding problem, so you may want to open the back up and check if everything is "ship shape" so to speak.
  3. Bass-only

    Bass-only Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2001
    Thanks, Chris!

    Would contact cleaner in the 3-way switch potentially help??

    While I don't hear any unreasonable crackling when you move the pickup selector, could it still be the source of the "crackling" problem?? :confused:
  4. Bass-only

    Bass-only Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2001
    If this helps - if I turn the volume all the way down and run my fingers down the strings, I still get the static sound!

    I can also hear a little static noise when playing with the volumes down.

    Does this help in the diagnosis?? :confused:
  5. Bass-only

    Bass-only Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2001
    Any more ideas, TB'ers???? :confused:

    If the static is coming through with the volumes down, could that mean, either...

    a. the bridge isn't grounded or grounded completely?? (the pick guard makes NO static noise when I rub my fingers on it).

    b. it's a simple matter of a dry house with carpeting??

    HELP!!!! :crying:

  6. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx

    a. seems the most likely to me.

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