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.
Less treble, less trouble.
Last edited by Snoa : 09-18-2013 at 09:55 PM.