BBP34 split coil pickup not working, then started working

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Bassclef46, Jul 17, 2021.

  1. Bassclef46

    Bassclef46 Inactive

    Feb 1, 2021
    Hey. Just bought this used mint condition bbp34 off reverb. My first ever used buy. It is a P J pup config

    I get it out of the case and plug it in and the split coil pup has no sound. Tone works, J pup works. I am thinking it’s a Lemon. I keep screwing around and unplug my cable and turn off and on my stage 800 amp. No sound. I break out a screw driver and tap the j coils. They sound right. Tap the p coils and hear a faint sound. Tap a little more and the sound is normal. Pluck the strings and the split coil is working as it should.

    confusing to say the least

    I open the back panel and nothing has been messed with. It all looks brand new in there. After a half hour of playing it’s is still working like it should

    the bass is superb condition wise. I have a 7 day window if I want to return. I got this bass for $500 less than retail so it was a huge bargain.

    should I worry about this and just return it and buy one brand new or chalk this up to a what the blank moment?
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    For $500 off I'd keep it and spend the $40 for a new pickup.
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  3. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    Probably some dust or crud got on the split pickup volume pot and was blocking the signal. If it's working fine, leave it alone for now.
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