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Rawshik
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#1
So on one of my basses, whenever I play it in my room (whether it be through my amp or my audio interface) I will occasionally feel electricity coming through the strings and it can be semi-irritating. The thing is, I don't have this problem when I play my bass anywhere else. Is there a problem with my outlet? I have several other things plugged into it. Is this dangerous? I don't want to end up like Emmure's vocalist ( ).

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#2
whoa dude

that can't be good
It's over simplified, So what!

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#4
Don't you worry, old sport. You're just playing so finely, its causing sparks.
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#5
Should I get the outlet checked out? Surely it's not something on the bass?
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#6
Drop the bass and play a proper instrument
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#8
I think your pickups conduct the electricity through your string by magnetic transmission. What kind of bass you have?
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#9
Sounds like a grounding issue, Old Sport.
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#10
Quote by Craziork
I think your pickups conduct the electricity through your string by magnetic transmission. What kind of bass you have?


Ibanez EDB405, but I just checked and it happens on my other bass too. So...that's bad.
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#11
Quote by Rawshik
Ibanez EDB405, but I just checked and it happens on my other bass too. So...that's bad.

Again, there's an improper ground on the outlet\
Get it fixed before someone dies.
It may seem like a mild annoyance, but it's a huge problem and could lead to a serious accident.
Imagine if you're messing with something like a clothes washer or TV and it decides you're the best path to ground?

EDIT:
What's happening is the amp is using you as a ground.
Which is obviously a huge problem.

Check other outlets in your house.
If it does it in them, don't use an amp until it's fixed.
If not, it's just that outlet.
If it does, you need an electrician in there ASAP
Last edited by darkwolf291 at May 30, 2013,
CaptainCanti
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#12
Quote by sk8board3r
Sounds like a grounding issue, Old Sport.

Indeed it does, old sport.
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Rawshik
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#13
It's the same outlet that my computer is on right now. Is that bad?
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darkwolf291
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#14
Test different outlets in your house.
If it does the same thing in all of them, just call an electrician and tell him your house is improperly grounded. And again, don't play through an amp until it's resolved.
If it's just the one outlet, get that one rewired, and plug into a different one until it's rewired.
Odds are, the outlet's just wired wrong though.
Still a problem that needs to be fixed
Last edited by darkwolf291 at May 30, 2013,
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#16
The only way to fix this problem is to get a fork, and stick it in the outlet and have a jiggle around.
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The only way to fix this problem is to get a fork, and stick it in the outlet and have a jiggle around.

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#19
Quote by darkwolf291
don't play through an amp until it's resolved.



But he's playing a bass. You can't hear a bass without an amp. Hell, in many albums you can't even hear the bass with an amp.
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#20
Quote by triface


But he's playing a bass. You can't hear a bass without an amp. Hell, in many albums you can't even hear the bass with an amp.


By this logic, he should just give up the bass altogether and play a real instrument.
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Rawshik
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#21
From this day forward I will no longer call my instrument a bass but change it to guitar in order to satisfy the pit. My guitar has 5 strings.
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#22
Quote by Rawshik
From this day forward I will no longer call my instrument a bass but change it to guitar in order to satisfy the pit. My guitar has 5 strings.

Man, it'd be so convenient if you were paying a 6-string bass, huh?

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RealUnrealRob
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#24
This happens a lot to my friend when he plays in his garage. It only happens when he stands on concrete- what's your floor like? (I've also had this happen to me when I touched the metal stuff around the touchpad on my laptop when I'm holding my guitar)
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#25
Dude, that's not safe at all

EDIT: Playing bass, that is.
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#26
Really? We haven't had a 'what you really need is a new amp'


What you really need is a new amp
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Really? We haven't had a 'what you really need is a new amp'


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Rawshik
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#28
Quote by RealUnrealRob
This happens a lot to my friend when he plays in his garage. It only happens when he stands on concrete- what's your floor like? (I've also had this happen to me when I touched the metal stuff around the touchpad on my laptop when I'm holding my guitar)


You described my room perfectly. I'm in a garage with a concrete floor.
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#29
I don't know, but I'm pretty sure that basses are salt-water, maybe that is reducing the elctrical resistance going thru it?

pretty sure you shouldn't be plugging a bass into anything though, they should be fine so long as they're in the right envrionment.
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#30
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I don't want to end up like Emmure's vocalist ( ).


Being in Emmure would be pretty awful, wouldn't it?
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#33
Are you plugging it into the input and not the output
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Rawshik
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#34
Is there a temporary way to avoid this? Maybe plugging the amp into a surge protector and then into the wall? Would that help?
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RealUnrealRob
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#35
What that asian guy said, play on a mat. Actually, try playing with (rubber) tennis shoes on and see if it still does it. You're completing a circuit with the ground when you play, I don't know if it's really something wrong with your equipment.
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#36
I very much doubt that would eliminate the shocking from the strings.

I'm not entirely sure as to why you're even experiencing a shock from the strings. They shouldn't have any current running through them as they're not connected to any power source.

Have you tried a different power outlet? Not sure why the outlet not being grounded would effect the guitar.
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#37
I've actually got the electric tingle sensation from guitar strings before. It was very bizarre and only happened once. I put my nuts on them and it wasn't worth it.
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RealUnrealRob
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#38
Like I said I've gotten a zap from touching my laptop. The mouse buttons for the touchpad are metal, i can get zapped touching that. Some kind of current makes it through the pickups to the strings or something.
Rawshik
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#39
Okay so I just tried a different cable and it doesn't happen with this cable through my amp, but it does happen with this cable through my audio interface. WHAT
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#40
Get a sparky to check your electricity socket's grounding throughout the house. If it's an issue with that, it's only a matter of time until something goes bang and somebody dies.
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