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Posted by Deman on February 22, 2001 at 17:18:21:

In Reply to: Re: Fixing a buzzing bass... posted by Blisshead on February 22, 2001 at 08:11:33:

: : : : My bass, an Ibanez GSR200, is very noisy when plugged in and my fingers are not touching the strings. If I touch the strings or a knob, however, the buzzing goes away. A bass playing friend suggested that I ground the tuners inside the body to a piece of metal, the buzzing would go away. Anyone heard of this? How is it done exactly? Thanks in advance.

: : : That may or may not help. The true problem is that you own a bass with relativley cheap pickups. They tend to buzz. The more nicer pickups, especially the active ones, don't buzz. the one thing i know you copuld do is ground out your bass. You may or may not be able to do this throught he cable, depending. the garenteed way is to wear a grounding stap attached to your body and the bridge, strings, or any other metal in the curcuit. It may be possible to ground the pots to the strings and sheilding, but that most likley is already done. The problem is an inexpensive bass. my soulution was to buy a set of Active EMG P-bass replacements off of eBay for like $89.00. Waaaaay better than stock. Good luck. come back here for more answers or more details on grounding.
: : : Deman

: : Deman!
: : I know you meant well, But as a electronic tech and bass player of over 20
: : years...DON'T EVER PUT A GROUNDING STRAP ON YOURSELF. That is a quick way to
: : kill your self! Change your pickups, install shielding in your control cavity
: : in order to better ground your bass...but never ground yourself!
: : Keep it in the groove

: Wouldn't hear the buzz anymore though....

So...the fact that I use one daily for computer repair had no bearing on this matter? as long as the strap is just connecting you to your bass, as I suggested, it is EXACTLY the same as touching the strings or knobs. Right? I fail to see te danger in touching my instrument...and if there is one possibly we should all take up something shuffleboard. ;)

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