Post Number: 126
|Posted on Thursday, January 03, 2008 - 10:06 pm: |
My 96 Epic, at first very rarely, (once in an hour of playing time) and just tonight, 3 times in the last half hour, has started making a short little popping and spitting of white noise gesture that I find rather offensive. I mean, I have treated her with nothing but love. It lasts less than a second. The level of the noise follows the level of the volume pot, instrument volume is turned down, noise is quiet, instrument volume is turned up, noise is louder. Not having changed the battery in a year and a half, and never having witnessed a dying battery, I hoped this was the culprit. But a fresh battery only seemed to increase the number of Pfffts.
I'm hoping that this symptom points to a known issue or failure, and of course, leads to an inexpensive, do-it-yourself fix. :-)
Thank you in advance for your insight. James
and I have a jam on Saturday!
Post Number: 5924
|Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 5:09 am: |
Try some more tests:
Turn the pan all the way to the bridge pickup and see if the noise still occurs; then try the neck pickup.
Try similar experiments with the bass and treble controls.
Do all of the controls get turned frequently. If not, exercise the controls so they can do their self cleaning.
Try using a different cable.
Try using a different amp, etc.
In the control cavity, carefully (don't pull on the wires) check that the pickup leads are plugged in all the way. You may want to unplug and replug them.
Inspect the other wiring and components that everything is securly connected and nothing appears "burned".
Make sure none of the PC boards in touching the silver paint.
Make sure all of the pots and jack are securely fastened and not loose.
Post Number: 885
|Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 6:41 am: |
Also, could be a cellphone.
Post Number: 5020
|Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 7:17 am: |
Cellphone indeed. I think there's a law about playing bass while wearing a cellphone ;)
Post Number: 127
|Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 1:29 pm: |
All the connections look good, and nothing smells fried. It actually smells like an old persons apartment in the control cavity! Based on how I use the cables, amp, and a variety of basses, I am fairly certain the event is specific to my Epic. I am also confident that cell phones in my household are not the culprit, (long story there, I'll spare you the details) BUT, as I take a step back, and examine the whole picture, type of noise, duration, and a history of alien/demonic EM interference around my house, thats the theory I am currently leaning towards.
I think some sort of RF or EM interference, that my Epic seems to understand, is causing this noise. Maybe I should try and record it, and decipher it. Anyway, played for about 30 minutes today at work, and no Pfffts. I will continue to observe, and troubleshoot the RF/EM theory. I will be playing for about 3 hours tomorrow, (at my work location) so that may be telling. Thanks again for your help. JBY
Post Number: 928
|Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 1:38 pm: |
Another thing that I noticed will cause noise in my basses are the remote controls for the TV and Stereo.
If I pickup one to adjust the stereo volume I will hear the pulses.
Post Number: 173
|Posted on Saturday, January 05, 2008 - 2:18 pm: |
+1 on the law about playing bass while wearing a cellphone ! sort of metaphysical law I'm sure..
some things ARE still sacred ya know! ;)
Post Number: 133
|Posted on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 10:03 pm: |
Thanks Bradley for sending me in the right direction. Played my Epic for 3 hours Saturday at work, no weird noises. Tonight, at home, different head, different bass, and I got a Pffft! Not as loud but definitely the same noise, same duration, same character. So it is environmental after all. Though I am relieved with respect to my instrument, it makes me wonder what the Pffft's might be doing to my brain :-0
Post Number: 407
|Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 8:11 am: |
could be the wiring in the house(unless it occurs everyhwere gigs etc)
Loose or non continuous grounds in house wiring, a friend of mine complained of his hi fi buzzing as well as his guitar sounding like a swarm of bees and it has active pu's.. I just happened to look at his earth bonding to the main gas pipe which was not connected in other words the whole house was not grounded..don't know what the system is in USA but worth doing a earth continuity check.