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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Unwanted "chorus" sound

apple

Highway 42

between Cleveland & Louisville
Mar 9th, 2012 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No matter what amp I plug into, I'm getting what I can only describe as a chorus effect. The obvious answer would be the pups I guess. Has anyone else encountered this problem?

iammr2

Lower Slobovia

Pass me the onions..Yeah, the green ones
Mar 9th, 2012 09:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds like it may be that your pickups are too high. Try lowering them a bit.

apple

Highway 42

between Cleveland & Louisville
Mar 10th, 2012 05:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks iammr2. That sounds like a good starting point. I'll give it a try.

paterno383

USA

Nothing Happens Next
Mar 10th, 2012 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pickups too high.

Twisted string or strings.

String not seated properly on the bridge saddle.



apple

Highway 42

between Cleveland & Louisville
Mar 10th, 2012 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I lowered the pickups and problem solved! Thanks. I've never had pickups creep up like that. Must have happened gradually.

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 10th, 2012 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Thanks. I've never had pickups creep up like that. Must have happened gradually."

That is good to know. I wasn't aware they could creep up either. I guess it is like everything else, vibration loosens stuff.

Lewis

USA

Who is E. Sandoval?
Mar 11th, 2012 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I've never had pickups creep up like that. Must have happened gradually."

Are you sure the neck isn't the culprit.

I was once a victim of the "pickups too high causing chorus effect" on a Jazz. Even with the pups screwed down as low as possible there was still a tad of the "chorus effect" on high E string notes. The neck had to be shimmed to completely eliminate it.


apple

Highway 42

between Cleveland & Louisville
Mar 11th, 2012 08:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Are you sure the neck isn't the culprit.

I was once a victim of the "pickups too high causing chorus effect" on a Jazz. Even with the pups screwed down as low as possible there was still a tad of the "chorus effect" on high E string notes. The neck had to be shimmed to completely eliminate it."

Good point Lewis, I'm going to look into that possibility.

(This message was last edited by apple at 08:26 PM, Mar 11th, 2012)

iammr2

Lower Slobovia

Pass me the onions..Yeah, the green ones
Mar 11th, 2012 11:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Are you sure the neck isn't the culprit."

Interesting thought. The only thing that creeps up on me is my underwear ;-O

Lewis

USA

Who is E. Sandoval?
Mar 12th, 2012 06:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I shimmed the neck backwards, I had to raise the saddle height and this gave the strings some extra clearance over the pups.

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 13th, 2012 05:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Apple, just curious but did you just restring that bass with a different brand/type of string? If so it may exibit higher magnetic properties than previous set that would cause you to have to lower the pickups to counter it's effects.

apple

Highway 42

between Cleveland & Louisville
Mar 16th, 2012 01:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Apple, just curious but did you just restring that bass with a different brand/type of string? "

No,Bubbalou, I haven't, which is unusual because I try to make a point of changing strings every leap year. :-)

I am getting ready to change strings from flat rounds to round wounds and it will be interesting to see if there are further developments. I'm not entirely sure there isn't still a sleight chorus sound on the E string.




Lewis

USA

Who is E. Sandoval?
Mar 17th, 2012 04:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just for the halibut, try raising the E saddle up as high as you can get it and then see if you get any chorusing.

Wilgore

USA

Apr 12th, 2012 11:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm getting some weird overtones on my new bass- they're only on the 4th E string around the 10th fret and up. Drives my tuner crazy when I try to intonate. Could this be the same problem?

waxcomb

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bassist, Stone Soup & The Blackburns
Apr 14th, 2012 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What's this "10th fret and up" you speak of?

iammr2

Lower Slobovia

Pass me the onions..Yeah, the green ones
Apr 14th, 2012 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

(This message was last edited by iammr2 at 06:14 PM, Apr 14th, 2012)

iammr2

Lower Slobovia

Pass me the onions..Yeah, the green ones
Apr 14th, 2012 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try lowering that end of the pickup just a scooch and see if the 'chorus' diminishes.

(This message was last edited by iammr2 at 06:14 PM, Apr 14th, 2012)

paterno383

USA

Nothing Happens Next
Apr 15th, 2012 04:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"What's this "10th fret and up" you speak of?"

lol!

Bass Player: "Doctor, it makes a funny sound when I play above the 10th fret."
Doctor: "Then don't play above the 10th fret!"


capnhiho
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Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield????
Apr 15th, 2012 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've noticed a similar "chorus" effect on my wife's Ibanez Mikrobass (mostly on low E) since I changed from OEM strings to Rotosound medium flatwounds last Friday.

Haven't taken the time to troubleshoot it yet but glad I stopped by this forum topic.

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