Hey all you builders, I have a question for you. I have a gorgeous Linc Luthier Impression 5-string bass that was completed about a year ago. http://photos.yahoo.com/davevergato The pickups are Villex--he installed the electronics into wooden shells made by Linc, epoxied them and sent them back to be wired in. I'm on my second set due to loud noise from the first set. This was Villex's first time doing this with Linc, and in no way do I fault him, the pickups sound great. The mistake on the first set was that there was no lining or shielding in the wooden shells before the electronics were installed. On my current set, they were lined with copper foil before installing the electronics and epoxy. The current set is very quiet...however, it's not as quiet as Bartolini pickups, and after just having returned from NYC, I found that Ritter's pickups are quieter as well, in their wood shells. Buzz is usually only present on a tube amp, or in a poorly grounded room. Nonetheless, in comparisons, I found that the buzz is there, but it's improved significantly since the first set was made. My question is--what are the tricks of the trade to remember when building pickups into wooden covers? How can wooden pickups be as quiet as plastic? Is there anything I should know? Is another set necessary? What could be the causes? Villex suspects condensation/moisture as a factor. But, the wooden pickups seem rather dry to me. I would be interested to hear what you all have to say. Thanks for your help.