I would like to connected my bass guitar, which has an unbalanced tele output, to a preamp/mixer with balanced XLR inputs. Currently, I simply have an unbalanced cable with a tele male connector on one side and a XLR male connector on the other side. This works but seems to produce a lot of noise, noise not present if I connected the bass to a guitar amplifier (which has an unbalanced input). My guess is therefore that the noise is because I'm connecting my unbalanced output to a balanced input in the "wrong way" (I have tested all inputs on the mixer and is always the same noise).
What is the best way to make this connection? Should I use some sort of special cable? Use an intermediate preamp of some sort?