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Ibanez SR500 Bart MK PU/Pre problem, please help!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Derakh, May 15, 2006.

  1. Derakh


    Jan 18, 2005
    Lately I've been getting a lot of natural distortion when I play low on my E string. At first I thought it was my wireless but when I tried it with a cable it still produced the same distortion sound. I tried pulling the pickups back a bit but its starting to effect my tone too much if I bring them back anymore. The only time the distortion does not occure is when I set the volume on the bass back to around 5-6, which in turn seams to miss a lot of my fingerstyle and slap attack when sending to my amp.

    Does it sound to you all like the pickups or the preamp might be the culprit? I like a pretty colorful sound so I tend to keep most of my EQ above 6 on the bass and keep the amp flat.

    Any recomendations on new pickups or a pre-amp system and where to get them?

    Thanks :bassist: -D.
  2. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Have you changed the battery?
  3. Derakh


    Jan 18, 2005
    sure did, put a brand new e3 in just last week, no difference I'm afraid. Thanks for the idea though.
  4. rashbeep

    rashbeep Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2005
    Toronto, ON
    i have an sr900 and can honestly say ive never had a problem like this before...:meh:
  5. Derakh


    Jan 18, 2005
    I went to my local store today and played a 505 that didn't do it either... It must be something wrong with just my bass, just wish I could pinpoint what it was.
  6. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    Is your amp's -14db input pad on?
  7. Derakh


    Jan 18, 2005
    yes I have my amp in Active mode, though its a -12db not 14, is it possible that is not enough?

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