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broken full cirlce pickup

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Ryan Berg, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. Ryan Berg

    Ryan Berg

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    So someone tripped over my cable the other night and it popped the jack of my full circle off of the strings. This has happened before, but this time the pickup was noticeably quiter and making EEEEHHHNDD noises, so I can no longer use it. I wrote an email to the company with no reply. Anyone know if and where I can get this fixed? I am in NYC. David Gage's shop will only work on their brand. I would rather not have to buy a new pickup. :help::help::help::help::help::help::help::help:
  2. kscbass

    kscbass Supporting Member

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    Be a little patient, Fishman always has answered my emails, sometimes it takes a few days. If you in a hurry you'll have to get someone to fix it or get a new pickup locally.

    This has happened to me as well, a few people or myself tripping on the full circle jack, it makes me reconsider moving the jack's placement.
  3. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U Supporting Member

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    Here's one way you can mount it that would be superior to having it attached to your strings using clear plastic tubing and a pull tie.

    [​IMG]
  4. MR PC

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    That's a drag, not sure why you'd let anybody near your instrument cable after it had already happened once before.

    Even if you manage to get it repaired, I'd think it's time to rethink your stage plotting and attitude about the space around your instrument.

    On top of that, after a pickup has been trashed that way, I'd be suspect of the longevity of any kind of pickup repair.
  5. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U Supporting Member

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    I don't think you can police people getting next to your cable while you are playing or if you're busy doing something else. You can however not put that input connector in your strings which isn't a good idea.
  6. Will Kelly

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    I usually unplug all of my cables in between sets. For this reason. I once also tripped over my input cable and kicked a big hole in the top of my carved bass.
  7. Roger Davis

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    You can take the bracketty thing off the end of the jack and treat it like any other socket. Hang it off the back of the tailpiece like Phil Smith.
  8. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Administrator

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    +1000. Sorry to hear about the damage.
  9. Ryan Berg

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    Thanks for the replies. Fishman still hasn't replied. It's been about a week or so. Nothing is visibly damaged. Just when it gets plugged in. And for the policeman-the person cut in between me and the amp. There was about 1 foot of space between. It was the drummer. Rookie mistake. Is there somewhere in NYC I could have it looked at?
  10. Michael Eisenman

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    Take it to an electronics technician who can work with fine wires. My FC failed where the wire comes out of the adjuster. I had it taken apart and resoldered (only works if your pickup is screwed together; not the old glued-together style). It has worked fine since then.
  11. Kael

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    I've had an input jack go bad on me before with a FC. Since I use a chadwick folding bass, I am constantly setting it up and tearing it down which also entails unplugging that jack and replugging it. That puts excess wear on it. I've had the jack crap out on me before and had to get a replacement. From what I was told the jack isn't just a jack but has parts in it that make it a necessary part of the pickup. Maybe you could try a replacement jack and see if that corrects the issue. Either purchase a new one or swipe a buddies jack to try out. That'd probably be cheaper and a quicker fix if that was the issue. My issue when my jack went south was the signal intermittently cutting out and periodically lowering in volume.

    I bought a bassmax I've been meaning to fit to my bridge as a backup but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I are lazy.
  12. MR PC

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    Be sure to let him know what it takes to get things straight with the PU..that way maybe he'll be more careful in the future.
  13. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Gold Supporting Member

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    This is the achilles heal of most pickups, because coupling a 1/4" phone jack with a pickup requires some kind of lead.
    All but a few pickups have this, the one that doesn't is the Headway Band, as the 1/4" jack is inside the flexible band and better protected by it's mounting system. I'm not saying that everyone should go out and buy one, but on my bass it sounded great.

    The Ehrlund EAP that I use all the time, has a small fine lead coming of the pickup, just like the Full Circle does, so I have to be careful where I position it when I'm off the stage. When I first the pickup, I used the BP-100 string mounted jack, to connect the pickup to my cable. It would frequently come detached from the strings, if I didn't hold the jack in with one hand, and pull the cable out with the other. It's not a very robust design IMHO. Just my opinion though.

    Ric
  14. Ryan Berg

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    My thoughts too!
    I am just waiting to run into someone so I can try another jack.
    Still no word from Fishman. Maybe they are busy with Santa stuff.

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