Jazz bass is quiet through a very loud setup compared to my active ibanez bass

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  1. 110s lover

    110s lover

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    Well basically, I play through my ibanez: volume 3, gain 4 and the neighbours complain that they can feel thd thump (no joke tehe). I admit I dont play with tonnes of midrange or gain but my jazz bass is just very quiet compared to my ibanez btb, I can get it too like volume 6 in the house without it being overwhelming. Why is this EXACTLY? Like, is it because the bass is passive? its got low output pickups? The bridge is more like a badass on the ibanez than the fender? Or is it just that humbuckers are always louder in general???

    Thanks.
  2. Figjam

    Figjam Supporting Member

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    Passive pickups can be loud or quiet. How close to the strings are the pickups? Closer = louder. How old are the strings?

    That does sound like a large volume differential, but it does make some sense. Active basses are louder, and are often used with a padded input, which lowers the output considerably, in order to not work the amp too hard, and to match the output.
  3. Marial

    Marial Proud Papa Supporting Member

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    I'd start with pick up height and go from there.
  4. 110s lover

    110s lover

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    Yes, admittedly I have the action pretty high and the pickups pretty low so I may try raising the pickup level as apossed to lowering the action of the bridge. When I first bought it used, it was still the same volume even quieter due to the crappy, thin - sounding 90s stock bridges that fender placed on some of there models back then. So I put a gotoh 201 on it instead and it came alive. But I find that high mass bridges often buzz if the action is too low. As for the strings, I reguarly replace with either rotosounds or d'addraios. I may try raising the pickup level see what happens. Thanks guys!
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  6. MTBK

    MTBK

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    Pick up height is probably all it will take. I just got a new mia jazz that was very quiet at first, too. I found it easiest to raise them really high then fine tune them by lowering them a bit at a time until the strings stopped being too close to the poles. I'm no guru on instrument setup but it worked for me.

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