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Broken Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TechDeath, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. TechDeath


    May 16, 2012
    So I recently took my 92 squier p bass to guitar center for my sound not going through. They took it apart and were completely stumped.

    Don't want to retire it because it's my only bass atm.

    Both me and my father are almost sure it's my pickups but I don't know if I should risk buying new pickups if it doesnt work.
  2. msaone


    May 13, 2012
    Not positive about bass electronics but I'm thinking you can check resistance on the pickups. But as i said that comes from experience from other type electrical work.
    The more I think about it, more likely a switch or pot. Possibly a broken wire that GC may have missed
  3. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    You can buy new pickups and a whole new wiring set up. The pickups would be the only real expensive part. The wire and pots would be really cheap along with the jack
  4. StayinTime


    Sep 26, 2012
    Could it be a short in your cord?
  5. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    Guitar Center's people could not figure out why a bass wasn't working?! <shaking head>

    New pickups are pretty cheap for a basic set. Harness too.
  6. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
  7. walldaja


    Apr 27, 2011
    Get a VOM at Harbor Freight and Salvage for under ten bucks.
  8. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    If your looking for a super cheap P pickup with all the pots and wiring ready to drop in I can sell you a whole set up for like $10 if you have basic knowledge of how to unscrew a few bolts and screws you should be able to put it in pretty easy.

    Just a suggestion, its a cheap way to fix it and I have the parts doing nothing for me.
  9. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Indeed. But why not save the $$ for a good replacement pickups and pots since you really enjoy the feel of this bass?
    Then you can diagnose your pickup. It should read somewhere between 6 and 12 kohms. Much more or less than that, and you have pickup coil problems, and it's probably more cost effective to replace than rewind the stock pickup in this case.
  10. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Why am I not surprised? :bag:
  11. Is someone trolling against GC again?
  12. TechDeath


    May 16, 2012
    I might take you up on that offer
  13. You can't do any better than dealing with A-Step, he's sold me quite a lot things although none of them were 'big ticket' items.

    He's always been fair - more than fair really.

    I bought some Peavey Fury P-p'ups from him for my Affinity a while ago and they are just great.
  14. grrg63


    Dec 14, 2005
    Take it somewhere else and get a second opinion. Its a P bass, it shouldnt be that hard to figure out exactly whats wrong with it so you dont have to buy stuff you might not even need.
  15. morgansterne

    morgansterne Geek U.S.A.

    Oct 25, 2011
    Cleveland Ohio
    I am a former GC employee. i was a guitar player and they put me in accessories (fair enough). Within a month I was thrown into the keyboard dept. I was at that time a fair piano player but I knew nothing about synths.
    Guitar Center employees may very well be completely unqualified. Several of them checked out my fender jazz bass, where the G string was so close to the edge of the fretboard that it'd slide off if I played above the sixth fret or so. They all said "that's normal, looks fine to me." Finally I had their "luthier" check it out and notice that the neck has a crook to it. He said it wasn't possible to straighten the neck -- which isn't necessarily true either -- so he moved the bridge over a bit to compensate.
    It's not their fault if they can't figure it out, lots of them are nearly minimum wagers and you get what you pay for!
  16. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    Typical what? You take the bass to an actual music store, it doesn't work and they can't figure it out? Doesn't matter what store it is. As the post above says, could be they just don't know how to troubleshoot. No need to be a d**k.
  17. RonChase


    Aug 15, 2008
    I been playing around with building guitars and bass's for a couple years now, I have run into this problem a couple times. More often than not it is usually a hairline break in a wire and not visible to the naked eye, take the pickup out and hardware it to a 1/4 plug on a amp the best amp for this will be the smallest amp you have, I myself use a little battery powered amp. Turning the volume on zero and slowly bring up volume at least this will rule out the P/U
  18. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Check to see if any of the hot wires are touching a ground. I've had a bass ground out when a positive wire was touching the control cavity sheilding, for instance.
  19. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    And it's no unusual kinda issue really

  20. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    The truth isn't always pretty, but it is what it is.
    Getting a good amp or bass tech isn't as simple as taking it to any old store - some problems aren't at all simple to diagnose and/or fix.