Is my balance OK?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by pkeeg, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. pkeeg

    pkeeg Guest

    With the pickup balance knob set flat (at the notch) is it normal for the volume to be a bit less than when it is set toward either pickup?
  2. Ive always found that too. It seems to be normal, dont worry about it.

    The same happens if you have a volume/volume setup, turning both on full gives a slight dip in volume, roll one back a little and its a little louder.
  3. rmrf


    Mar 6, 2006
    Holiday, FL
    The same story with balance knob.

    It should be shifted a bit from center position to make sound a little bit louder.
  4. Koeda


    Aug 21, 2007
    Heard this is due to the pickups loading each other. Found a fix that seems to smoth out the problem and on the side made the tone dial in better as well. Have used this solution on a number of double pickup basses with sucess. Add a 47K resistor on each hot tab of the pickup before the volume or blend pot. Source was here: