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Posted by jennifer williams ( on January 30, 2004 at 08:54:18:

In Reply to: Re: electric clicky bass sounds when using pick posted by rumblethump on January 24, 2004 at 15:11:30:

Hi Paige and rumblethump!

Thank youi for your responses, i really really appriciate it! I fiddled around with it some more last weekend and measured the strings and all but still, noise. no matter what i played through.

I replaced the battery too.

The weather here in NYC has been terrible cold as of late, so this may have something to do with it. But i thought about what Paige said in terms of finding someone you trust and i remembered that a co-worker of mine is a guitar maker in his spare time, so i asked him if he would look at it. he fiddled with it and told me a few reliable places to take it if it still needs help.

He straightened the neck, gave me a new nut, and redid the action, but i have to wait until tomorrow to try it in the studio. he also suggested waering one of those computer anti-static wrist bands and sttaching it to the bass cord (for now anyway because we have to record this weekend). I'm pretty sure the "grounding" situatuion in the studio is a mystery, mmost likely the outlets aren't grounded properly so maybe thats the cause.

if its still clicky he said maybe it hd something to do with the active pickups. He said "someone been all in and around the bass before you" so who knows.

Its amazing thouigh how quickly i got used to it...i picked up my old bass in the meantime (a old no name fender jazz knock off) and it all of the sudden felt cheap comared to the robin.

I'll let yoiu all know what happens, but i'm hoping its al ok now!

thanks again!


: I think you should put a new battery in for sure.
: Your description of the problem sounds like a battery problem. I would then check the height between the strings and pickups when you fret the bass in the highest fret position you usually play at. The distance between them should be in the 3/16" to 1/4" range. If they are too close together it may be part of your problem also. Then lower the pickup to the correct height.

: If you decide to take it to your local music store, first ask around to find who is a good tech to do the work. Some techs I wouldn't trust with a Ukelele. Then ask if you can observe him/her while they do the setup so that you can do it yourself in the future. It will save you a lot of money, and it really isn't that hard.

: Good luck, and let us know what was really wrong. bassbegruven, rumblethump

: : oh yeah, it has active pickups.....and i haven't tried putting in a new battery yet.

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