ABG Low Output on E String

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bassopotamus102, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. bassopotamus102


    Mar 28, 2009
    Doing a semi-acoustic set for a youth gathering at church. one of our guitarists had an AGB laying around and he is letting me use it.

    during rehearsal, I found the E string has very low output compared to the others.

    Any suggestions on what it might be and what i can do to make it better?

    any and all help is much appreciated!
  2. check the distance between the E string and the pickups in comparison with the other strings...rise the pickup at the E side until you get balance,,,
  3. bassopotamus102


    Mar 28, 2009
    unfortunately, this is an Acoustic Bass Guitar and only Piezo in the bridge saddle.

    any thoughts?
  4. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Piezo pickups sense pressure. If the E strings seems to match in acoustic output, this problem generally means the pickup isn't flush with the saddle slot and/or the bottom of the saddle. It's a common problem on inexpensive guitars with under-saddle pickups.
    The other cause is the pickup isn't lined up with the saddle exactly right.

    Fixing it is a protracted trial-and-error process. Make sure the bottom of the saddle is dead flat. Precision machining is the best way, but using a thick pane of glass as a base to sand the saddle works. Ensuring the slot is also flat is a guitar tech problem. Find one who knows and has experience with piezo under-saddle PUPs.

  5. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I have a wonderful but cheap ABG. When I got it the string volumes were all over the place. I took it to Norik Renson and had Brett work on it. He said it was no big deal but I realize it's due to big skills.
    Find a good acoustic guitar repairman and he should be able to fix it with relative ease.