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Could be the Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Beammeup, Oct 18, 2004.


  1. Beammeup

    Beammeup

    Oct 7, 2002
    Denmark
    Hi,

    I have this question regarding my Fender Jazz Bass '62 RI CIJ.
    - With std. factory pickups.

    My sound is quite different on each string. The biggest difference is on the A string.

    It sounds like the pickup is clipping, when ever I play just a teenie-weenie little bit aggresive.

    I don't think it's the neck - it seems OK.
    (No probs. with the other strings)

    Would it be likely, that it's the Pickup that needs to be replaced?

    I'm looking forward to your reply.
     
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I'm assuming this bass is still passive.

    Does this happen with neck solo'ed? With bridge solo'ed?

    Could well be a combination of your pickup heights and your action settings. Generally pickups will slant 'up', and be closer to the g string than the e string. Pickup height can be adjusted using the pickup screws. Or it could be, for example, your A string having lower action than the E string.

    Also, your technique (fingers/pick, strength of attack) will affect the sound.
     
  3. Beammeup

    Beammeup

    Oct 7, 2002
    Denmark
    Hi David,

    Thanks for your reply. Here are my answers.

    Yes, no mods.

    Yeah - It doesn't matter which of the pickups is solo'ed.
    But is more noticeable with the neck PU solo'ed.

    I've tried to adjust my height/action, with no difference.

    The strings E, D & G has pretty good "output". But the A string is very odd sounding.
     
  4. Beammeup

    Beammeup

    Oct 7, 2002
    Denmark
    Hi,

    Please let me know thoughts about this :help:
     
  5. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Hmmm, could be the strings, also.
     
  6. Beammeup

    Beammeup

    Oct 7, 2002
    Denmark
    Hi,

    Thanks for your post.

    I've changed strings ca. 10 times during the tour, and it didn't make a difference.

    I've had suspected the strings to :ninja:
     
  7. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    sorry, can't think of anything else right now