Stingray Battery Compartment Issues
My 1998 Stingray is making a lot of thumps and buzzes whenever I tap on the battery compartment. I have checked the following:
1) the 9v battery is fresh
2) the contacts are clean and in good shape- seemingly making good contact with the battery as it slides into place
3) the leads from the contacts appear to be still sturdily connected.
4) I've even gone so far as to check the output jack, but this was done more for thoroughness than anything else, the jack has never given me any reason to think that the problem lies in it.
I have given the innards a blast of Deoxit and not noticed any difference.
So let's say I plug in and power up:
Sometimes I get full sound out the bass. yay.
Sometimes I get a weak anemic sound out of the bass. If I tap my fingers on the battery compartment, I either get the full sound of my bass back or I get a series of pops and thumps and even sometimes a buzz or two. Eventually the sound comes back full. But obviously I can't trust this bass in a gig situation- which is too bad, because i love the bass and we've been through a lot together.
Does anybody have any ideas that I haven't tried? Is this something common to stingrays? I also have a 2007 HH that has never been anything but rock solid. This 98 ray once cost me an audition, because I showed up with it and all it did was hum at first. I removed and replaced the battery, tapped on the compartment a couple of times and was back up and running, but the damage was done- the other musicians were a bit suspect of me, and I lost a very coveted spot in this band's roster. There was a lot of competition for the gig and the least little thing could spell doom. Anyway the 98 ray works fine 90% of the time. I need to get that number up to 100% before I can gig it again.