Bass is dead-silent? [Solved]
Hi, I own a Riverhead Unicorn headless bass (some call it a RUB for short). It was made in the early 80's I believe and it was passed down to me from my father. It worked...relatively well. It had some electronics issues at first which was due to the potentiometers so I got that fixed. But now when I plug it in it doesn't pick up the strings at all. I'll flip the switch to change between pickups but that won't do anything. It'll make snapping sounds at random intervals every few seconds, and sometimes it'll make a deep series of pops, each pop being the same distance apart from each other (at least my broken bass keeps good time >.> ). I have NO idea what the issue might be here. I'm thinking it could be a couple of issues combined, not just one thing. The bass saw almost no use from the early 90's up until maybe 2010, so it sat for awhile (and got really really dusty, which I tried to clean to the best of my ability).
If it's the issue with the pickups, do you think that there could still be a way to keep the original pups (I'm betting it's a circuitry issue)? The bass is REALLY rare as it is, and I've never seen the pickups for individual sale, and I'm trying to keep things original. The RUB has a nice, unique sound to it that I don't want to change. I'm hoping there will be a simple, cheap fix to this. Out of my four basses, my Riverhead is by far the favorite.
EDIT: Fixed, problem was due to a rogue 9 volt replacement battery that didn't want to work. I'm an idiot.
It could be the output jack.
Well here's a few things you can do. ..
Check the pups with a multimeter. Read the resistance on them, should be high. Like, above 8kohm.
Check your solder joints. If they're dull instead of shiny silver, resolder.
Next, May seem obvious but... check your cable. Plug it into the amp and tap the unplugged end with your finger. No sound? Try another cable.
If your pickups are dead, you can rewind them with identical wire. This would probably be super tedious and frustrating.
EDIT: Ran and tried swapping batteries once again just to make sure. Only this time, I swapped a battery from my Ibanez instead of putting in a fresh one. Somehow, it worked xD I guess I either managed to buy the one bad 9-volt battery in the bunch, or it just got drained quickly haha. BUT the popping and loud noises still continues, though I'm 99% sure that's just the input jack.
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