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Noise on my neck pickup
Hi Chris, I have one of your Evolution 2 DLX (sn 04/3159)
I bought it second hand in 2008 and have enjoyed it ever since.
However the neck pickup seems to have become very noisy, especially when I compare it to the bridge pickup. I live in Suffolk and don't really like the idea of sending it up to you in Carlisle for a check over. I have also noticed that it is very difficult to notice the centre indents on the pots nowadays.
Do you have any suggestions, about what I can do? Maybe replace the electronics on mass or take to a recommended luthier in East Anglia?
Love the guitar and would hate to be without it for any period of time.
Thanks a lot,
Unfortunately we've lost Chris to the workshop quite a lot these past few days, Overwater are running a skeleton staff at best and Chris finds himself on the shop floor more and more.
But fear not!
I'll talk to him in the morning and see if he can pop in or if not give me some info to pass on.
Take care Simon, and I'll be in touch soon.
PS. You've had the Evolution 12 years now... have you put it to good use?
Hi Simon, The noise issues are obviously quite difficult to diagnose at a distance. It may be a preamp problem, or perhaps a grounding or shielding issue. It's unlikely to be the pickup its self, as pickups don't really tend to malfunction once they're fitted and certainly are very unlikely to become more noisy with time - unless you are using the bass in a very different environment and only recently noticed something that was always there.
The pick-ups are internally shielded and at that time, the shielding was connected to the negative side of the output wiring on the back of the pick-up - and there's not a lot to go wrong, unless you have had the pick-ups out and a wire has become disconnected.
Noise could be introduced if an internal component within the preamp begins to breakdown and replacing the the entire electronics with the circuit boards and pots (which are all connected as a single unit) could solve both issues and would be the quickest and easiest solution - however, without checking, I can't guarantee this is where the fault lies.
Normally I would suggest sending the bass back to the workshop for a service (probably due one after 16 years) - however at the moment we're working in rather restricted circumstances and are finding it difficult to fit service and repair work into our schedule.
Can I suggest you give me a call next week (Mobile number: 07708 102 494) and we'll see if we can work out a solution.