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jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3429
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:00 pm:   Edit Post

Operating either the Q-switches or the pickup selector switches on my basses produce a click sound through the speaker. It's louder on my series basses than the others. I have tried exercising the switches numerous times and have not had any success in getting rid of the click. Any suggestions. The switches feel firm and not worn although the series basses, according to their previous owners, have not seen much playing action in their lives... yet.

Jazzyvee
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 2077
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 7:48 am:   Edit Post

Jazzyvee..the Q switches do the same on my MK Signature, I guess they all will unless they use expensive noiseless switches.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3430
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:00 am:   Edit Post

Hi Terry, I guess I will have to throw switches on the crack of the snare drum then. :-)

Jazzyvee
mario_farufyno
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 937
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 3:06 pm:   Edit Post

Hi, Jazzyvee, I've had some similar issue when flicked my Rogue's hi boost/cut switch (how if it charged for sometime and suddenly discharged with a loud click when switched). It used to happen once and just then I could use it normally, since I didn't let it in a steady position for a while.

Sometime ago Mica told me to add a new resistor in it to solve this. I will try to find this old thread to show you, but I'm not sure if the solution should be the same (and probably the resistor's specification to an other application would be different, I presume). Ask Mica, she will figure out a solution...
mario_farufyno
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 939
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 3:25 pm:   Edit Post

double post

(Message edited by mario farufyno on April 17, 2013)
mario_farufyno
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 940
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 3:26 pm:   Edit Post

Found it!

http://alembic.com/club/messages/393/10711.html

Ops, just noted that you already know about that

http://alembic.com/club/messages/394/12370.html

(Message edited by mario farufyno on April 17, 2013)
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3431
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 3:56 pm:   Edit Post

Yeah Mario your reply reminds me that, I think mica sent me something about adding a resistor when this was happening on my first signature bass.

I better see if I can find that email
that_sustain
Intermediate Member
Username: that_sustain

Post Number: 146
Registered: 8-2012
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 8:33 pm:   Edit Post

With the tone filter all the way up..I can hear a static click in the bass and treble boost switches of my Distillate. Roll it back to 9-1/2 and it goes away. This is when I'm sitting directly in front of the computer monitor.

I used to get a pop when I switched the bass boost on(flicked forward). A routine of placing all the switches on standby before turning the amp off(and unplugging your guitar cord from the bass) put a stop to that.
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7969
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 6:10 pm:   Edit Post

I think we are talking about different noises here.

If you change the position of the switch with a signal going through it (like a sustained note), you are interrupting the signal in the middle of a cycle, and that's an audible event. If you change the pickup selector or Q switch when you have the strings muted, you won't hear that same sound.

There's another mechanical sound of the switch taking action that can resonate the whole instrument depending on how you hold it. This can produce an audible sound by exciting the strings that aren't dampened.

The Q switch on the Europa/Rogue and Activator style filters is a different issue. That's also when interrupting the signal midcycle, but the capacitor keeps a charge in this case without the resistor.

So does your switch click happen during a sustained note? Does it happen when the strings are damped?
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 2078
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 - 1:21 pm:   Edit Post

The clicking doesn't bother me as I have everthing turned full up and on!
Aye Jazzy..just wait until the drummer hits a mistake and blame him....
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3440
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 11:13 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica, I tried my clickers last night. The click only comes through the speakers as an electrical click when there is a note playing. When the strings are muted it seems that the noise is more acoustic similar to tapping the top of a pickup but nowhere as loud as that would be.

Jazzyvee
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7975
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 - 1:05 pm:   Edit Post

Sounds like it's working as well as switches can. That's great!
georgie_boy
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 1069
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 4:47 am:   Edit Post

Hey Terry!
Re your post 2078, Nice to see you've mastered the subtle art of tone setting on your Alembic bass......LOLOL

George
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 2081
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 7:27 am:   Edit Post

georgie...yup I certainly have especially when you are up against pedalboard, whammy bar,fret tapping,volume maxed out at 10 guitarists!
georgie_boy
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 1073
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 09, 2013 - 12:22 pm:   Edit Post

Terry.
Can I contact you off site for a bit of advice re a non Alembic???? It's a seemingly simple problem, but maybe not as simple as it seems.

G
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 2087
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 - 11:49 am:   Edit Post

georgie..have sent you an e mail
georgie_boy
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 1074
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:50 am:   Edit Post

Got it!
Thanks Terry

G

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