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Old 02-18-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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Static on a Fender Jazz Bass

Hi guys,

I recently bought a used '93 Fender Jazz bass which has constant static. When I touch any of the strings the static cuts off, which is nice because that way I don't get static while playing. Still it's kind of annoying and I'd like to get rid of it.

You guys got any ideas? Maybe somethings wrong with my pickups?

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Old 02-18-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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i think thats a grounding - or lack of - problem. don't quote me on that unless i'm correct
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:43 PM   #3
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I think what you are saying is your guitar is giving you a mild electric shock not that is is attracting a layer of dust through static. There is something wrong either with your house wiring or more probably your amp and it's associated mains lead. If you leave this it could injure you or even be fatal if you are unlucky. There could also be a fault with the guitar earth or jack lead.

You can buy a 7 socket tester to check the mains sockets and this will come in useful if you play gigs as there are often faults in house wiring. For the gear you need someone qualified to test your gear.

Please don't ignore it or take the advice of anyone who hasn't worked as an electrical engineer. People on the internet mean well but in this case you need someone qualified. I'd hate to see an Arsenal fan hurt.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:35 PM   #4
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I think what you are saying is your guitar is giving you a mild electric shock not that is is attracting a layer of dust through static. There is something wrong either with your house wiring or more probably your amp and it's associated mains lead. If you leave this it could injure you or even be fatal if you are unlucky. There could also be a fault with the guitar earth or jack lead.

You can buy a 7 socket tester to check the mains sockets and this will come in useful if you play gigs as there are often faults in house wiring. For the gear you need someone qualified to test your gear.

Please don't ignore it or take the advice of anyone who hasn't worked as an electrical engineer. People on the internet mean well but in this case you need someone qualified. I'd hate to see an Arsenal fan hurt.


It's definitely not that. I don't actually get a shock - it's just a constant buzz when the strings AREN'T being touched. I've played the bass at other venues and live and it's always there. At home I usually play through a DI into my computer and I get it there too.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:02 PM   #5
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So it's probably just a simple bad ground connection somewhere in your bass, I would go with the input jack.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:50 PM   #6
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it's not grounding, it's shielding. take all the electrics out and lay copper foil in the cavities
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:05 AM   #7
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Phil Starr has given you the only advice to be considered.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:36 AM   #8
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Mine did this too for a while - I did what CJ Noble suggested and the hum is gone.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:07 AM   #9
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I have to agree here. While it could be a simple shielding issue or older wiring in the house, it could be something a bit more serious.

Get someone to take a look at it.
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