Squier Affinity 5 String Jazz Bass Clicking Noise

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by masuder, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. masuder


    Jul 19, 2013
    I have recently bought a used Squier Affinity 5 String Jazz Bass and noticed that both the B and E strings touch the pickups while playing causing an annoying "clicking" noise. I also noticed that the E string sounds very dull and muddy when both amplified and acoustic. The E string also has a habit of hitting the fret board that causes it to give off a clicking noise. I got the bass set up and these problems still occur. Lowering the pickups don't seem work either. This is my first 5 string bass and was wondering if there is a way to fix it or if it's normal? My other (Ibanez) bass does not have this problem. Thanks.
  2. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    How old are the strings?

    First recommendation... replace the strings with your "regulars".

    Second recommendation... If you're still popping the poles after the new setup, put some electrical tape over them. Not elegant but it works. This is why some brands have covered poles.

    All the best,

  3. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    You need a basic setup.
  4. masuder


    Jul 19, 2013
    Thanks for the response. I have the strings I prefer on there already from the setup. I will try the second recommendation and see if it works.
  5. soflbass


    Mar 2, 2013
    S Florida
    If the strings are hitting the poles, and the A string is hitting the frets while playing, the relief, action and pickup height need adjustment. To adjust the pickup height you have to press the strings down at the 20th fret before measuring.

    Fender setup guide https://www.fender.com/support/articles/bass-guitar-setup-guide