Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by David » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:43 am

Harley wrote:You can easily do full shielding yourself, unless you're an absolute klutz at soldering.
+1 - I did my jazz bass over a couple of evenings and only needed 1 sheet of copper but your bass will have a bigger control cavity so you may need 2

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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by David » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:51 am

Mr Bass Man wrote:I may have to take it to Mr Glynn - unless someone knows a good repairer on the shore?
I've use Philip Whitehead (String Workshop) on the shore and was happy - job was completed on time and stuck to the quoted price.
This wasn't for electrics but he is the NZ Bartolini distributor so should be able to help if you're not comfortable doing it yourself.

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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by Mr Bass Man » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:18 am

David wrote:I've use Philip Whitehead (String Workshop) on the shore and was happy - job was completed on time and stuck to the quoted price.
This wasn't for electrics but he is the NZ Bartolini distributor so should be able to help if you're not comfortable doing it yourself.
thanks for that - I contacted him and he said that because I have a pre-amp on my bass I need to take it to an electronic specialist and recommended Keith Prictor here on the shore
Funny thing is though I took the bass to him last year and he had a look and couldn't really find anything wrong with it and suggested I get a DI Box

Wife is having 2nd thoughts about letting me buy a new bass :( , so it looks like this one is going to have to get fixed....
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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by David » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:25 am

Mr Bass Man wrote:Wife is having 2nd thoughts about letting me buy a new bass :( , so it looks like this one is going to have to get fixed....
I'd just buy one and say sorry later - easier to get her forgiveness than permission :wink:

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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by martyforrer » Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:24 pm

David wrote:
Mr Bass Man wrote:Wife is having 2nd thoughts about letting me buy a new bass :( , so it looks like this one is going to have to get fixed....
I'd just buy one and say sorry later - easier to get her forgiveness than permission :wink:
Hell yeah!

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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by Mr Bass Man » Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:37 pm

David wrote: I'd just buy one and say sorry later - easier to get her forgiveness than permission :wink:
yeah, my boss had this idea... he said instead of asking my wife if I can buy a new bass and then have to explain WHY I need to buy one - I should just go and buy one and then explain why I HAD to buy it.... sounds easy right?

unfortunately the wife looks after our finances... so it might be a little more difficult than that! :lol:
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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by john » Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:51 pm

I'd try to isolate the problem before you go dropping more $$$ on it.
It's a grounding problem that much seems to be obvious. Things you could do is

*Check under the bridge to see if the ground wire is touching it.
*Get a soldering iron and desolder the pickups and then plug it in to see if you still have buzzing. If it still buzzes it is the preamp
Even though there is no visible cold solder joints it doesn't mean there are none. It could be a bad connection on the jack too

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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by David » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:17 am

john wrote:I'd try to isolate the problem before you go dropping more $$$ on it.
It's a grounding problem that much seems to be obvious. Things you could do is
*Check under the bridge to see if the ground wire is touching it.
Or use a mutli-meter to check if the bridge/jack are connected - you can drop round and use mine if you don't have one as I'm on the shore too

Can you give us some more info on the buzzing ...
Does it get better when you put your hands on the strings/bridge?
Does it get worse when you solo the neck or bridge pickup and better when using both?

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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by Mr Bass Man » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:53 pm

john wrote:I'd try to isolate the problem before you go dropping more $$$ on it.
It's a grounding problem that much seems to be obvious. Things you could do is

*Check under the bridge to see if the ground wire is touching it.
*Get a soldering iron and desolder the pickups and then plug it in to see if you still have buzzing. If it still buzzes it is the preamp
Even though there is no visible cold solder joints it doesn't mean there are none. It could be a bad connection on the jack too
thanks for that - problem is I am pretty useless at this sort of thing and have never used a soldering iron in my life and I'm afraid if I try and pull my bass apart it will end up worse than it is now.... but I guess I could unscrew the bridge and check the ground wire - blonde question is the ground wire black?
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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by Mr Bass Man » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:59 pm

David wrote:Or use a mutli-meter to check if the bridge/jack are connected - you can drop round and use mine if you don't have one as I'm on the shore too

Can you give us some more info on the buzzing ...
Does it get better when you put your hands on the strings/bridge?
Does it get worse when you solo the neck or bridge pickup and better when using both?
Hi David,

I might take you up on that offer of the multi meter - should the bridge and jack be connected? think drummer has one so will ask him to bring it to gig
yes - when I place my hands in the strings the buzzing reduces significantly
I haven't tried the 2 pick ups separately, I usually blend them both - but will try that tomorrow at the gig
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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by john » Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:44 pm

Mr Bass Man wrote: thanks for that - problem is I am pretty useless at this sort of thing and have never used a soldering iron in my life and I'm afraid if I try and pull my bass apart it will end up worse than it is now.... but I guess I could unscrew the bridge and check the ground wire - blonde question is the ground wire black?
You could get some resistors and some pcb board for very cheap from jaycar and practice before you attack your bass. Basic soldering skills is very handy for musicians imo.
Mr Bass Man wrote: to gig
yes - when I place my hands in the strings the buzzing reduces significantly
The ground wire must be touching if that's the case, don't bother unscrewing the bridge .

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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by David » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:55 pm

Mr Bass Man wrote:I might take you up on that offer of the multi meter - should the bridge and jack be connected?
Yes they should
Mr Bass Man wrote:yes - when I place my hands in the strings the buzzing reduces significantly
Still think copper shielding could help

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Re: Still getting 'buzzing' through PA

Post by Mr Bass Man » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:04 am

Thanks for the replies and advice guys, but I bought a new bass in the weekend (see my other thread new year new bass)
the rest of the band convinced my wife that a new bass was necessary so after the weekends gig she said I could go to the Rock Shop... and who am I to say no to the wife!

I'm now the proud owner of a Squire Vintage modified 4 string natural Jazz Bass! :D
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