Originally Posted by Cracky
Ok, I have another question. With either of the pups selected to full on the P-bass Bart pickup is louder than the j-bass Fender Noiseless. Do you think this is because the Bart is higher output and that is how things are going to be? If I wanted to have them equal I'd need to replace the Fender pup?
Likely yes... if you test the DC resistance of the split-coil P pickup, it will likely be significantly higher than the Fender J noiseless. DC resistance usually correlates to output signal level, although there are obviously other factors too. You could also try raising the pickup height to see if it has more output to give, but I assume you've done that already.
It's not a crime to back off a bit on the P pickup volume if you want the J pickup to come forward in the mix... But obviously your overall signal level will be lower than if everything were maxed.
I also notice on the j-bass volume pot that it drops off at full on and is louder just off full position. I'm guessing that the pot is probably out of spec and should probably be replaced if I want it to work as it should? I am an electrician/instrument tech so I know the MO of these pieces. I just have no experience with electric bass guitars other than playing them since 1965.
Unsure about this one, but if you see this "rolloff" at full volume behavior when the P pickup is at 0, then I would have to agree there is a pot issue on the J side.