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Fender jazz bass noise
Old 17th February 2008
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Fender jazz bass noise

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I always record my old Fender jazz bass direct in to preamp - sounds great but every time my fingers are not touching the strings there is noise coming from the pickups (?!) when i put my fingers down to the strings or touch the bridge everything is cool . So when i play and move fingers for 1ms from the string i get this bad pops and clicks etc if you know what i mean . How to solve this problem ?

Thank you very much
Old 4th March 2008
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Get a DI

I too have a Jazz Bass with passive pickups and if I go straight into something there is the pickup noise. It's basically unavoidable if you plug straight into a preamp. A D.I. box fixes the problem because the impedance is setup for passive pickups. I use Aphex Big Bottom, which is really an effect pedal but has a great D.I. output that is super clean. But there are all kinds of other ones out there. A lot of new recording interfaces these days have high-impedance input channels for recording a passive guitar direct... they work too.
Old 8th March 2008
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I've had good luck coating the pickup and control cavities with conductive sheilding paint, available from Stewart-MacDonald.

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Old 8th March 2008
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Originally Posted by bass man View Post
Hey

I always record my old Fender jazz bass direct in to preamp - sounds great but every time my fingers are not touching the strings there is noise coming from the pickups (?!) when i put my fingers down to the strings or touch the bridge everything is cool . So when i play and move fingers for 1ms from the string i get this bad pops and clicks etc if you know what i mean . How to solve this problem ?

Thank you very much
Technical solutions are always a good bet, but you never know when you find yourself in the situation where there is no time for technical solution. Technique is only real solution. There is really no reason with proper technique that you should have the problem. Be sure you are using a four finger fretting technique. You may have notice a lot of bassist don't use open strings (except for low E or for slap/pop). Wondered about this too. Perhaps that is why. Also for right hand technique - proper 2 finger. Which ever finger not is not in motion rests on the lower string (except E). When playing an open E, you have fingers on the higher strings. In the end, proper bass technique will, by default perhaps more then design) will ensure you rarely lose contact with bass.

And the wire to the pants isn't a joke, I do that with my classical guitar when I plug into an amp!
Old 13th March 2008
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I concur with the bandaid approach,

I looped some braided copper wire around one part of the bridge, and slipped the other end between a finger and a ring on his playing hand. It worked.

Thanks for the explanation Jim, I thought it was a grounding problem that P-basses shared, much like single-coil strat hum... apparently not.

Would the strat/single coil hum be related?
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Would the strat/single coil hum be related?
Yes, and humbuckers has it as well.


/Peter
Old 11th June 2019
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As always, here I am resurrecting a Zombie thread. But i am not sure the original post by Bass Man was answered. I have a Fender Deluxe MIM Active jazz bass that I just acquired that has these weird pops that sound like a gun shot going off out of my amp...like standing next to a shotgun kind of pop. I hope it wont kill my speakers before I figure it out. It almost seems like a static discharge that does seem to happen when I am not touching the strings. This sounds like what the original post was asking. Did you get it solved Bass Man? What was it?

Last edited by Rdcordell1; 11th June 2019 at 03:08 AM.. Reason: More info
Old 3 weeks ago
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Does it stop when you touch the strings? If so, to me it indicates some sort of grounding issue.

When you touch the strings, you are acting as an earth. If there are problems when you don't touch them, then the path to ground must be somehow compromised.

Last edited by hazboss; 3 weeks ago at 11:21 AM.. Reason: I was replying to the original thread, from 2008 haha.
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