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    Strange MM SR5 Noise???


    All the way from Australia here...

    I have a gorgeous natural Musicman SR5 that gives me a strange bottom end "pop" or "compressed peak" noise when I slap the B string with my thumb - not excessively, just while playing normally. It will happen more often if the string is struck harder. My technique is fine as its not an issue with any other instrument I play.

    It sounds like a compressor acting hard on a bass frequency overload, however I'm direct to a desk/monitors with absolutely no signal processing engaged? It sounds like an electronic issue, but I may be mistaken.

    Any idea what might be the reason/issue? None of my other basses do this (including a MM Classic 5 and Bongo H5), just the SR5. The battery is giving greater than 8.3V, so that has been ruled out.

    Thanks in advance!


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    Check your pick up height compared to that string. I had a similar sound and the string was actually vibrating against the pickup.

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    Check Pickup height and a new battery would be my first action on that

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    Thanks for that - pickup height it was! I didn't realise how much that B string actually moved with a decent slap! Even though the pickup was, in my opinion, adjusted low enough... it wasn't. Fixed

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