Pickups broken on my acoustic bass...
I bought the Ibanez AEB10 at Guitar Center about 1 year ago and the electronics/pickups don't work (except for the on-board tuber)... I was stupid for not testing that out at the store before I took it home, and even stupider for not bringing it back to GC to have it fixed immediately once I noticed (which was right after I took it home).
So, it's been about a year and since I didn't purchase the warranty or any coverage, my guess is that--in any case--GC's going to charge me an arm and a leg to get it fixed... even though the pickups never worked to begin with.
I'm not particularly tech-savvy, especially when it comes to acoustic bass pickups, so I can't even tell what's wrong with them or why they aren't working (and I generally like to avoid GC when it comes to any kind of repairs, unless I absolutely have to).
Does anyone have any DIY advice on how I could fix this, or maybe at least diagnose the problem? If it turns out that the only solution is to buy new pickups, then so be it.. I'd just like to know that for sure before I spend the $.
::meant to say:: on-board tuner* (1st paragraph)
Also... Thanks, in advance, for any comments/suggestions.
If the tuner works, the pickup should be working (as the tuner would be using it for input).
So then your signal is lost on the way from the preamp to the output jack.
If you remove the output jack, you should be able to figure out if there is
a break or short circuit on the lead from the preamp to the jack.
Worst case, the preamp output stage is broken. Then find a replacement on eBay...
Or maybe there is no signal to transmit.
Or maybe the bottom of the saddle isn't making contact with piezo because it is not flat.
Or the slot has swelled and is pinching the saddle.
Or the top has bellied up and the bottom of the saddle slot is not flat.
Or maybe there is a break in the piezo element.
Or maybe the jack from the piezo element is not inserted tightly in the preamp.
Or maybe the year plus old battery needs to be changed.
Or maybe the output jack has a cold solder joint.
Or the contacts are bad on the output jack.
Or need to be re-tensioned.
Or...there are too many variables and not enough data to make dumb guess much less an intelligent diagnosis.
Change the battery. Plug the guitar into an amp. Rap on the saddle with a screwdriver and listen for any kind of signal or pop. Detune the strings. Pull the saddle. Does it move in the slot easily? Continue checking the points above. If that is beyond your tech savvy, please take the guitar to a professional.
I was wondering about all the above. If the TUBER :D works, the piezo should be working but all the above needs checking. Find a reputable local guy for this one, stay away from GC unless you know their tech is competent. It probably won't cost much for a diagnosis.
More like a lemon battery.
Ibanez offers replacement parts for the AEBs directly from their site, BTW.
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