#1
I linked my crybaby up to my bass and everytime i tilted the pedal back it started picking up radio. it was really fuzzy so i cudnt hear what station it was, but it wasnt my imagination.

does any1 know why its doing that or if thats normal?
#3
It sometimess happens to me when the knobs arent cranked.

If you have lace sensor pickups, that might have something to do with it
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#4
I've picked up a few spanish radio channels on my strat knockoff, quite funny to quit playing, put the guitar down, hear upbeat latino tunes, then have 5 guys randomly dancing to said music

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#5
Yeah - i've had that happen. Weird, isn't it! Being in the south west of England it happened to be a Spanish channel. Is it a single-coil pickup? Because it hasn't happened with my guitar (HH), only my bass (PJ pickup combination)
#6
it was a silvertone strat copy, i had the cheap stock single coils in it, i believe it was on the bridge pickup, strange none the less, thouh quite amusing
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#8
never happened to me but i dont have a cry baby so i guess thats why
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#10
If you have cables that are coiled or just tangled they can act as an antenna... Shut up you... a ss? well, *** is probably right.
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#11
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If you have cables that are coiled or just tangled they can act as an antenna... Shut up you... a ss? well, *** is probably right.


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#13
Actually, I remember what it was - I've got a cheap p-bass copy and the bridge was earthed - if i wasn't touching any of the strings I either got hum or (occasionally) the radio. I just cut the wire.
#14
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Actually, I remember what it was - I've got a cheap p-bass copy and the bridge was earthed - if i wasn't touching any of the strings I either got hum or (occasionally) the radio. I just cut the wire.


That was a bad idea. By "earthed" I assume you mean grounded. Cutting that wire increases the chance of you getting electrocuted, whether it is fatal or not is unpredictable. I don't know why electric things need to be grounded, but I think it has something to do with getting rid of excess electricity.
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#15
I've been electrocuted enough not to really care anymore. Besides - I don't see my strings charging up hugely when I play. It's certainly going to be far less than the mains 240V, and that doesn't hurt too much!

But being serious, I'm a physics student and your strings aren't gonna charge up enough to give you anything really noticable. If you are getting noise but want your bridge earthed (as it's generally called here) then put a resistor between it and the jack.
#16
Quote by smb
I've been electrocuted enough not to really care anymore. Besides - I don't see my strings charging up hugely when I play. It's certainly going to be far less than the mains 240V, and that doesn't hurt too much!

But being serious, I'm a physics student and your strings aren't gonna charge up enough to give you anything really noticable. If you are getting noise but want your bridge earthed (as it's generally called here) then put a resistor between it and the jack.


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#17
I'm sure many more people die as a result of drink, fags, dope and driving yet I don't avoid any of these. You can be over-cautious.
#18
Fair enough. Though I've been playing bass for 5 years now, and have owned a number of basses. I have never been electrocuted by a bass or any musical instrument, not even static.

All I'm stating is that what's happening to you is not normal. It's not about not playing your bass, it's about fixing it.

It's like driving a car with a broken seat belt. Why risk it when you can get it fixed inexpensively.
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#19
Quote by mouldysandwich
I linked my crybaby up to my bass and everytime i tilted the pedal back it started picking up radio. it was really fuzzy so i cudnt hear what station it was, but it wasnt my imagination.

does any1 know why its doing that or if thats normal?


LOL. Yeah, I get it sometimes through my amp. If you go to the Jim Dunlop site and onto the FAQ's they tell how to get rid of it, but it ain't that much of a problem
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#20
yeh smb im not goin to cut my earth wire, i kinda agree with shut up you ***. ill try lookin at the jim dunlop site n see what it says - less of a chance of killin myself
#21
It's caled Radio Magnetic Interference, or RMI. It's the same thing that happens when your cell phone rings in the car and the radio makes loud noises.
#22
in the room we practice my bridge pick up seems to go for whatever's on the cable tv at the time, where as my gutiarist picks up radio 1. It's normal I think, try foil shielding whatever you think is picking up the fuzz.
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