a few months ago i got a Yamaha Attitude Special, its a discontinued budget version of the Billy Sheehan signiture bass. Its got two pickups, a p-style and a EB-0 style neck humbucker, as so:
after a few weeks, I thought i'd upgrade the p-pickup, to a DiMarzio-as the higher priced model has. I'm aware of the Will Power series, but for about half the price I got this bladed DiMarzio pickup off ebay:
With both original pickups in, the bass functioned as it should, and in my experience sounded great with both pickups on.
Here's the problem:
now the new pick-up is in, it seems that if both pickups are active, then the E and ESPECIALLY the A strings seem quieter and sound thinner than the D and G strings, im thinking it could possibly be a phase issue, but i really know nothing about pickups, resistance or electronics.
Each pickup works fine on its own, but as the Tone control only functions on the neck humbucker, im finding the DiMarzio a little too harsh on its own.
Should I just replace the DiMarzio with the old pickup? Or if i upgraded the neck humbucker to, say, a DiMarzio Will Power would this possibly counteract the issues?
just on a side note, while putting in the DiMarzio, i noticed its wires were incredibly thin compared to the standard pick-up's, my mate who was helping me solder picked up on it and thought it was odd.
any suggestions or opinions are welcome