input problem

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tom once dead, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. hey,
    I have a problem with the input jack. when I plug in the lead, There is no signal, then when i move the lead around a bit it starts to make a clipping sound like 2 pops pause 2 pops pause, the pause varies in leangths.

    someone please tell me what this is :help::confused:

    Yes I am getting rid of that bass as soon as possible
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    It's probably got a bent contact tab inside. Inside the jack are two springy metal tabs/fingers/strips/whateveryoucallem that press against the plug. If one is bent, you get input problems. One of the tabs switches the onboard preamp on and off.
  3. what can i do to fix it. or should i take it into a store?
  4. thesteve


    May 28, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    typically you can just open up your bass, bend the contacts back into place and voila, fixed! It's not always this simple...but even replacing a worn out input jack with a new one is really easy if you know how to solder.
  5. so should i do that now, or is it too much risk?
  6. thesteve


    May 28, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    I personally don't think it's very risky, but it's really all about how comfortable you are with the insides of your bass. Given the way yours is designed (if this is the Dean we're talking about) getting to the input jack and adjusting one of the tabs shouldn't take longer than 5 minutes.
  7. So I opened up the input, and pushed the tab things closer together. tryed it, same problem. So i touched where the wire is soldered onto the tab things, one worked (made the sound like when you touch the end of the lead) one didnt.

    so its got somthing to do with that. so ill take it into the music store. they should do a good job, all the staff know me, my nickname is lucky logan (< last name). so far, i got the wrong case for my bass twice, and my head broke the first day i bought it.