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Bongo weak signal

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by andsard, Feb 6, 2013.


  1. andsard

    andsard

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    Hi

    I own a Bongo 4HH and i realize that there is a problem. When connecting to PA (thgough DI or not), it delivers a relatively weak signal. Weaker than my Fender P MIM even with the volume knob turned up.

    Through the amp i hear it loud enough but when playing live, the soundman always complaining for weak signal.

    I have tried new batteries. So what might be the problem?
    A wire loose maybe? And how can i check it?

    Thank you in advance
     
  2. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    I very well could be that's just the way it is. There is common misconception that active basses are much louder or send out a stronger signal than passive basses. It's simply not true in all cases. I can tell you that my P basses are stronger than my active basses, and my 18v bass has the weakest signal of them all.

    If you find out that is true you can always grab a DI with a level control on it.

    Have you checked the pickup height?
     
  3. andsard

    andsard

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    i have checked the pickup height.

    the bass is not quiet. it is pretty loud. but the signal it sends is weak. i cannot explain it...
     
  4. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

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    Sounds like an EQ issue. It's possible that your Bongo is emphasizing a bunch of frequencies that are blending too well with the other instruments.
     
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  6. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Is your DI signal pre or post EQ?
     
  7. abemo

    abemo

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    Could just be the way it is. I haven't played a bongo, but I know my all passive p is the loudest bass I own, by far. Even if I set my j-style with qp's in series mode (very hot pups with a hot wiring setup), the p blows it out of the water.
     
  8. djaxup

    djaxup

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    my Bongo was definitely on the loud side, PA/DI or amp. Sounds like a problem with the build in preamp. Does it work like it should? I'd say contact the guys at EBMM, they have great customer service.
     
  9. andsard

    andsard

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    Thank you all for your help. I'll take an advice from EBMM customer support and hopefully I will find a solution.
     
  10. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

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    If my bass was fine through my amp and not through the PA, I wouldn't look for a problem with the bass. I'd look closely at what is between the bass and the PA. I'd also look at my soundman a little - some will complain about too low a signal if they have to turn the gain too far too the right and too hot a signal if they have to turn the knob to the left. It is best to work with the soundman to find a solution, but is this just his way of saying he likes your P bass better?
     

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