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Re: Fixing a buzzing bass...

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Posted by Deman on February 23, 2001 at 09:44:00:

In Reply to: Re: Fixing a buzzing bass... posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on February 23, 2001 at 00:06:58:

: : : : 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 the danger in touching my instrument...and if there is one possibly we should all take up something shuffleboard. ;)

: Deman,
: Ok, here's the difference: The grounding strap that you wear for computer work takes any static electricity that's in your body and shunts it to ground so that it won't fry the ICs.

: Wearing a grounding strap and playing an instrument gives you the exciting opportunity to have any stray AC voltage go across your body - not unlike getting "bit" by an improperly grounded microphone - but infinitely more entertaining to a crowd, since you'll be doing heretofore un-named dances on stage as you flail wildly, attempting to unfasten the strap. Unfortunately, that would be pretty much a lost cause, since you have zero control (or less) over the aforementioned flailing.

: Geez, I make it sound like *such* phun... ;-)

: -Bob

Okay. If, as I said, you just connect the strap straight to the bass's bridge, then how is AC going to get to it? Do YOU often get shocked with 110v AC by YOUR bass? I sure hope not. If you are , maybe you SHOULD take up shuffleboard. Far safer ;)

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