Can't get an even sound!!!

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by tadhgfish, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. tadhgfish

    tadhgfish Guest

    Aug 31, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I've had a mim fender jazz bass for the last while and no matter what I do I can't get an even volume for the D and G strings over the A and E strings. I've tried different strings, adjusted the action and the height on the pups but to no avail, my options now are new bass or pickups, and help/feedback appreciated...
  2. Bassics101


    Feb 3, 2011
    With the two pups of a J, do you get even sound when you have only one on? My first guess would have been pup height, but I'd suggest a test of the individual pups to see if either is giving uniform volume.
  3. tadhgfish

    tadhgfish Guest

    Aug 31, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    You would think I'd of tried that (doh), will try when I get home, thanks for the advice...
  4. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    When you tried different strings, did you try balanced tension sets?

    The wildling varying tension between strings with most sets can cause unbalanced volume.
  5. FrankenIbanez70

    FrankenIbanez70 Guest

    Oct 29, 2010
    S. Yarmouth, MA
  6. famousbirds


    Aug 3, 2009
    I find it hard to believe that you couldn't balance the strings volume-wise by adjusting pickup volume. What if you crank the bass side all the way down, and the treble side all the way up? Probably not ideal, but definitely a starting point and I'd be surprised if the D and G would not be significantly louder in this situation.

    How is your amp set? Are you boosting bass/rolling off highs?
  7. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca Supporting Member

    How is your amp set up? Aggressive use of EQ, especially any kind of "slap contour", can make the D and especially the G string sound thin and edgy, compared to the lower strings.

    If you try to adjust the imbalance out with action adjustments and string changes, you can end up chasing string balance all over the map.

    Try using a mixer channel or a recording input with the EQ set flat to monitor the output of your bass when you adjust the pickups. If the meters show an even output, then it IS even, and you can look elsewhere for the problem.
  8. P Town

    P Town Guest

    Dec 7, 2011
    I also have a problem with a 2004 MIM Jazz Deluxe. The D, and G sound louder than the E, and A. I adjusted the pickups as low as they go, and the effect was reduced. Turning the treble down helps. I have a 2012 Am Dlx, and with the same amp settings, the strings all have the same amount of volume. I know the pickups are now set lower than spec. I will be changing the strings sometime in the next couple of weeks, and will do a setup, in hopes that it eliminates the problem. Any other suggestions are welcome.
  9. tadhgfish

    tadhgfish Guest

    Aug 31, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Thanks for the replies, I'll look into the strings. I've played around with pup height and eq on the amp, on my practise fender amp its not too bad, at high volumes though the E string tends to take over, my thinking is it shouldn't be this difficult to get a proper sound...
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