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Re: Scratchy amplified sound

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Posted by François Blais on January 23, 2002 at 07:01:45:

In Reply to: Scratchy amplified sound posted by John Precious on January 23, 2002 at 03:13:52:

: I use a K&K Bass Max pickup & Golden Trinity Mic. on a carved German "blockless" bass through a GK MB150S amp using Velvet synthetic strings. The acoustic sound is fine, but when amplified I get a lot of scratchy fingering noises.

Maybe you need a buffering unit between the piezo and amp to get a proper impedance match. I don't know what is the input impedance of the GK though.
A small preamp such as the K&K, Fishman, etc. should suffice.
See if you can try a buffering preamp as a test.
Another thing I'm thinking of is the finish of the Velvets.
Is it round wire?
This would generate a noise that the pickup will sadly catch very much.

Hope this helps.

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