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how do you get rid of the hum of a bass guitar?

please advice me on how to get rid of the hum of my bass guitar.
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Re: how do you get rid of the hum of a bass guitar?

6/12/2006 8:33 PM

Curt Underwood (2071) wrote:

I remember someone explaning how to cover the space inside your bass with metal tape or something. Try doing a search for "Quiet the Hum". It might even be in the articles section of AB. Good Luck


Curt

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Re: how do you get rid of the hum of a bass guitar?

6/12/2006 8:42 PM

Pete Wallace (14883) wrote:

Best thing to do is to ship it to me. You will never hear that annoying hum again.

Seriously, can you give some detail about the hum?

Pete

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Re: how do you get rid of the hum of a bass guitar?

6/12/2006 8:44 PM

Brian Buckham (26315) wrote:

Teach it the words to the songs. Sorry someone had to say. ; )

Try this:

http://www.sweetwater.com/expert-center/techtips/d--02/07/2001

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Re: how do you get rid of the hum of a bass guitar?

6/13/2006 1:25 AM

Maurice Carr (37802) wrote:

Kick the Mason bees out of their nest in the pick-up cavity

Mo

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Re: how do you get rid of the hum of a bass guitar?

6/13/2006 1:44 AM

Kelvin Kydrowski (1324) wrote:

First, make sure it's not the amp or cable. Turn the amp on with nothing plugged in and see if it hums. If it does, get thee to a tech. To check the cable, plug it into the amp (after the amp alone test) and listen for hum. If you swing the cable around and pick up intermitent radio stations or hum, it's enviromental and you need a shielding cage for your amp or to learn to just live with the hum.

If all those tests check out, check the wiring in the bass. If there aren't any bare, crossed or superfluously long wires, that's not the problem, and it's likely a shielding issue.

To shield the cavity you can use many things, the cheapest being double side tape and aluminum foil, the most expensive being copper faced tape. I prefer shielding paint to the tape or foil approach, becase foil tears too easily and the tape is just too much of a pain. Applying the paint is like, well, applying paint. A severely impaired monkey could do it without instruction.

Oh, and if you're using jazz style pickups, live with the hum. Some hum is unavoidable with them. Also, things like TV's, computers and lighting fixtures can cause hum, so make sure they're off when you play.



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Re: how do you get rid of the hum of a bass guitar?

6/16/2006 12:51 PM

Derek Still (14266) wrote:

Kelvin,

this is the link you posted recently elsewhere in this equipment forum. Thank you, I have [like Mo] saved it to my favourites.

Kelvins link-its worth checking out for sure.




I have no better advice to give. Kelvin's your man.

dags

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Re: how do you get rid of the hum of a bass guitar?

6/19/2006 8:03 AM

Howard Miller (6142) wrote:

What's the bass? Is it definitely hum or hiss? Is it active or passive.
Some active circuits can be inherently noisy and short of changing
the preamp there isn't a whole lot you can do.