What to do with this &**%^& Jazz Bass?...
My bass player currently plays a 5 string MIM Deluxe Fender Jazz Bass. It's a nice bass all in all, but we've been having some crazy issues with it. One day we picked it up and the neck was bowed like crazy. Some truss rod work seemed to clear that up, and we haven't noticed a problem since.
The more annoying thing is the constant gremlins we're finding in the electronics. Sometimes the bass will cutout all together, a few taps and punches and it comes back on. We pulled everything and inspected the connections and it all looked good.
Another thing is that we get a weird line hum that can be heard through FOH. Having a good DI helps with that, but it happens more often than not, when everyone else in the band isn't being affected with hum/poweretc...
And the most annoying thing, we'll get a loud buzz sometimes, like a bad input jack. We've pulled the jack and resoldered it but we still get those issues.
We're wondering if we should dump this thing and upgrade to a MIA Deluxe, but we can't quite afford that right now. What are some other options to salvage this nice bass and turn it into a road warrior. We play out a lot and need it reliable.
Should we yank the pickups and preamp and install something MIA or aftermarket? Is there a standard game plan when it comes to these MIM Deluxes?
Thanks for looking!