Posted by El Pájaro on June 14, 2000 at 07:56:43:
In Reply to: Noisy Jazz Bass posted by Malcolm on June 14, 2000 at 00:56:06:
: I have a 60's Fender Jazz Bass and the electronics seem noisy compaired to the newer passive models. The controls are all scratchy and there is some hum. Has some or all of the electronic componentry changed? Would it be bad form to replace the pots and maybe the old wire?
: I don't want to devalue the instrument but it sounds like garbage falling. I thought I would check here for any suggestions before taking a long drive to the repair shop.
: Thanks for any help.
Hey there Malcolm,
Humm... it looks like you own a collector's item!!! Normally I would suggest you to leave it untouched, as any modification could mean a dropoff in value. But if you can't stand the poor sound of it, what's the point?
So, if I were you, I'd replace the old pots and wire without second thoughts. No one would see it, so it's not the kind of modification that could diminish the value of a vintage instrument, and it would make the beast sound better, which in turn would rather increase the value of the instrument. However, I wouldn't change the control knobs nor any other "visible" part.
As far as the hum goes, there simply is no way around it. Keep in mind that Jazz pickups are single coils, so they are always prone to produce some 60-cycle hum unless they are both turned all the way up (which makes both pickups act like one big double coil pickup, a configurarion that is less likely to pickup hum -thus the "humbucker" name double-coils are usually given).
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