D-string volume too low! What's up???

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by junglebike, Jul 20, 2003.

  1. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Okay, so I've got a weird problem with my Tune Bass Maniac 4-string...

    I just re-strung it with TI flats, and it sounds better than ever before. It's a P/J bass, with an active preamp.

    On the bridge pup (jazz), the D-string is *markedly* lower in volume than all the other strings. I don't have adjustable pole pieces, but even if I did, the difference is so large I don't think that would be the proper solution.

    Oddly, the same problem is not present on the neck P pickup.

    I'm baffled. Any ideas, bass geniuses???

    TWISTED Guest

    Sep 8, 2002
    Perth, Australia
    Turn the volume down on the J pup. Just play it as a P bass, this will sort out the problem short term. As I've said on here before I'm not a big fan of P/J basses. IMO either get a J-bass , a P-bass, a musicman style, rickenbacker or something with soap bars.
  3. As the problem is only present in the bridge ,
    maybe the problem is the string height..
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    Sounds like a Setup issue...
  5. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Any hints on what to check for? I'm pretty adept at setup, and this bass plays killer. I know it's not a string height issue, as I've got the strings adjusted perfectly.

    As for the P/J, I find it a versatile combination. Why on earth would you recommend a P-only over a P/J? I mean, if I just want a P, I can roll up to the neck pup. I've lost nothing, and I've gained a growly bridge pickup for more bite if I want it.
  6. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Okay, it's not a setup problem. By tapping on the pickup with a hex wrench and listening through my amp, I've located a "dead spot" right under the D-string where the metal wrench doesn't make any noise at all... so it seems to me that this is a pickup problem. Anyone heard of something like this before? Could this thread get moved to "pickups" where it belongs (I believe)?
  7. I can move this for you if you like. To Pickups. There'll be a link in this forum too for you.