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Is my EBMM Stingray 5 sick?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by davedblyoo, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. davedblyoo

    davedblyoo "All the mayhem and none of the sticky mess." Supporting Member

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    I have a EBMM Stingray 5 that I bought new but has spent much of its life under the bed in its case. I've been playing it a little lately and have a question about the three way switching. Please keep in mind that my bass has a piezo bridge. When I switch to the first (series) position, it sounds great but the volume drops considerably. When I go to the middle (single and dummy coil) the volume comes up considerably and the tone changes. When I move to the third (parallel) there is no change between it and the middle position. The blend knob between the magnetic and piezo pickup works fine, not that I use it often. Do I need to take this bass to my tech and see what's under the hood, or is this how the electronics are supposed to work and I'm just going to have to learn to live with it?
  2. Selta

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    To a tech or reach out to EBMM customer service.
  3. Geri O

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    Do not resign yourself to live with it.

    I made a phone call to Music Man support regarding the availability of parts over the Christmas Holidays, no less, and I had a callback in less than 4 hours later. And the fellow that called was very nice and helpful. I would start there.

    You might have a bad switch or a bad pickup. Maybe a pot, even. It has to be repairable.

    Good luck,
    Geri O
  4. toomanyslurpees

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    I wonder if the switch is just dirty?
  5. zhollywood

    zhollywood Supporting Member

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    Swap out the battery? It could also be a bad switch/pot.,
  6. darrenmt

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    Try battery swap and some contact cleaner on the switch. If that doesn't work than it might he a bad switch or wiring issue.
  7. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    Sounds to me like it could be a dead neck side coil in the pickup.

    In single coil mode (switch in middle position), it uses the bridge side coil.

    Definitely take it to a tech. It could easily be a bad solder joint.

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