Broken Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nikkim, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. nikkim


    Nov 19, 2012
    Hello! i'm a little new in this site, but my bass doesn't work? i don't know why, when i plug it in it says a wierd sound, it's a Yamaha RBX374, i've tryed to change the batterie several times but still it says a wierd noise, a little bit like when you put it on distortion, if enyone has any idea why it says a noise like that please help me!:crying:
  2. DaniKettu


    Aug 18, 2008
    It's posessed by the devil?
  3. MarthaSamira

    MarthaSamira Banned

    Apr 29, 2012
    Bad preamp?
  4. Are you sure it is the bass making the distorted sound?

    It could be you are overdriving the input stage of the preamp, or that your speaker is blown (the voice coil scraping on the magnet).

    What make of amp are you using?
  5. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Hancock, MI
    Your output jack might be loose. Open up the control cavity and look for the jack. If you can see it without taking it out, plug your cable in (don't turn the amp on), and make sure the metal prongs on the jack are holding the cable nice and tight. If not, unplug, bend the prongs inward, and try again.
  6. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    If I were you, I'd PM a mod and ask them to move this over to the Pickups & Electronics section, you'll probably get a better response there.
  7. xxx666


    Jan 12, 2008
    Endorsing Artist G&L Guitars
    I lolled
  8. DaniKettu


    Aug 18, 2008
    Thanks. I'm here all night.
  9. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    was also thinking it might be the cord itself...or a ground issue on the bass? This was happening to my 72 P, and after trouble shooting everything else, we took the bridge off (because that is where the little ground wire is) and found out that over time, the wire was not touching the metal of the bridge anymore. We just "dug" it back up a bit and made it so it was touching the metal again
  10. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    First thing would be to isolate the problem - go to a bassist buddy's house, or to a music store, and try plugging your bass into a different amp and a different bass into your amp, and try using a different cable. That will tell you where the problem is. If it's in the bass, probably a slightly loose wire or cable jack. If the cable is the problem, just get a new cable. If it's the amp, try cleaning the jacks. If none of these fix it, take it into the shop to get fixed (or trade it in if there's a warranty or anything on it).
  11. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    Could be as simple as the battery isn't making good contact with the battery terminals on the bass. I'm not familiar with this particular model, but if it's possible to bend the contacts UP to make better contact, this MAY be the problem. JMHO