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Terrible buzz when i touch the strings

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by zackthompson, Aug 12, 2012.


  1. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    Every time I touch a string, I get this awful buzz. What does that come from and how do I fix it?
     
  2. João Bourgard

    João Bourgard

    Jan 21, 2010
    Do you have a noise gate in your chain?
    If you do the gate might open when you send signal from the bass and the buzz is permanent..

    if not IDK what's going on... maybe a loose wire or something
    Do you run active pups? or does you bass have any pre amp?
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    have you fixed the output jack recently?

    it might be wired backwards, making all the metal parts (including the bridge) "hot", and hideously noisy when touched.
     
  4. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    What do you mean by wired backwards? I did all the wiring myself and that is sounding like the problem. What is wired backwards and how do I switch it?
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    if the two connections on the jack are reversed, you'll get just the problem you have now.
     
  6. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    Well that's an easy fix. Thanks man.
     
  7. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    Well that's an easy fix. Thanks bro
     
  8. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    Well, i tried that and it didnt work. It went from a deep buzz to a light buzz. I have 2 electronics systems in the bass. 1 passive vol/tone going to a p pup and one active vol/blend/tone-mid/treble-bass going to 2 jazz pups. But, they go to a switch. So I have each output wire (hot on one terminal, ground on the one beside it) connected to the outer terminals and the output jack wired to the middle. The active side doesn't even work yet. The passive side does. When i switch to the passive side and role the tone off, the buzzing pretty much stops.

    I know I have a mess.... haha
     
  9. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    never mind. I had 2 wires crossed up. Works perfectly now.
     

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