#1
I got my first bass, an Epiphone Thunderbird, this summer, and it worked pretty well when I first got it, but one day it developed a very loud buzz. The strange thing is that when I touch the strings or any other metal part on the bass, it gets LOUDER. Unbearably loud. I've tried it on a different amp and the same problem persisted, just a little quieter. When I took it in to Guitar Center they said to buy a new cable, but that didn't really work :\. I can do any tests you guys want me to I just want the buzzing to stop.
#2
If it's not the cable it could be:
-Input jack
-wire come loose inside
-grounding problem
or all of the above

someone tell me if I'm missing something
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#3
Yeah, Cable would be my first choice but it's not that.
so it's likely to be something that's worn.
input jack, pick up selector.
Open it up and take a peek inside first with the amp still on, that might help isolate the problem.
I don't know much else.
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#4
Quote by gilly_90
If it's not the cable it could be:
-Input jack
-wire come loose inside
-grounding problem
or all of the above

someone tell me if I'm missing something


I forgot to mention: IF you touch the metal part of the cable, the buzzing quiets ALOT, but it's still there. Anyway I could test to see which it is?
#5
First thing I would do is take the back (or front, depending on routing) off and check if something is obviously wrong with the electronics
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Okay guys, I have a confession to make. Not really a confession since it's something that's been bugging me for awhile but I've always been in denial about it.

**** you gilly, it's not what you think
#6
Have you left it in a cold/hot place?
Changing the temp dramatically can alter the shape.
On playing the Paul Gilbert signature at the guitar store extensively, my missus sighed:
"Put it down now, It's like you love that guitar more than me!"
In Which I replied.
"Well it has got two F-Holes!"
#7
Quote by Nameless742
Have you left it in a cold/hot place?
Changing the temp dramatically can alter the shape.


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#9
Quote by anarkee
That really sounds like a grounding problem to me.


+1

Definitely sounds like a grounding problem.
#10
Quote by Zycho
+1

Definitely sounds like a grounding problem.

Sorry I'm new to all this but do I just go get it checked out like at Guitar Center or somewhere like that?
#11
I don't know about the Thunderbird, but a lot of basses follow the Fender practice of running a ground wire out through the top of the bass and under the bridge. It isn't soldered onto anything; it just touches the bridge and that's your ground. Sometimes the wire gets so flattened and the bridge rises a fraction of a millimeter and you lose some of your ground. In that case, take off the bridge, twist the ground wire a few turns to thicken it up a bit. and screw the bridge back on. That generally solves the problem.

Again, I don't know how Gibson/Epiphone grounds the Thunderbird, but your buzzing problem is almost certainly a grounding problem. However it gets fixed, it will be easy and cheap.