I've just picked up a Squier Standard Jazz this week and really like it, except for a couple of annoying issues: 1) At reasonably loud volumes, the tone knob seems to cause a good deal of static when rolled completely off. When rolled all the way on, it doesn't make the same noises. It almost sounds like the noise you get from a bad speaker or if something is rubbing against the speaker. It's much more prominent on lower notes. 2) I can't slap my way out of a paper bag, but when I do try and slap you can hear the crackling noises, even between notes. It sounds like general static electricity noise. I recorded a short file to demo the issues. In the beginning I play some notes with the tone knob all the way off and then all the way on and back again. You can hear the static come on/disappear as I twist the knob. After that, I slap a few notes just to demonstrate the crackling effect. Please excuse the poor playing. http://www.fileden.com/files/2008/10/27/2162400//Bass_static.wav You'll probably need headphones to hear things well - the issues can't be heard very clearly on my PC speakers. A few other items of note. This happens both when I use my amp, and when I recorded into a battery-powered Zoom H4. The same cable works fine with my other bass. I recorded the clips with the volume all the way up on both pickups. Just before I bought the bass, the previous owner took it in for a setup where the technician "sprayed the electronics" to clean them. I've searched this forum already but it didn't turn up anything that appeared close to my issue. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate the advice. Ideally I'd be able to fix this myself with DEOXIT or something really simple like that. Thanks.