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Shielding problem! Please help!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by b34tm3ch, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. b34tm3ch


    Sep 19, 2010
    Hi, I'm a newbie here. Just joined today on the hopes of getting this problems fixed. :rolleyes:

    I bought a used MIM P Bass recently. Worked fine, but there was a buzzing sound. The buzz would persist until I touched the strings or the bridge.
    I did a little research and came to the conclusion that it was a grounding problem.

    Then, I bought some copper tape. Stuck it in all the crevices very neatly so that now every hole in the body was coated with this magical stuff.
    Then, I put everything back into place, slapped on some new strings, and proceeded to jam out on my new rig...

    What! No sound came out. Not a buzz! (which relieved me, but still) There was nothing coming out. I tried playing some Jamiroquai to funk it out, but nothing!

    Can someone help me out? What could I be doing wrong?
  2. Neon Scribe

    Neon Scribe Supporting Member

    You have a short. A hot wire is touching ground somewhere, probably on your new copper tape.

    You will find more useful guidance in the Pickups & Electronics forum than Luthier's Corner for questions like these.
  3. b34tm3ch


    Sep 19, 2010
    Oh darn.
    Can I still go back and readjust the wires?
    Or is everything fried? :bawl:
  4. Neon Scribe

    Neon Scribe Supporting Member

    Probably nothing is fried, but there's only one way to find out.
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