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Is my EBMM Stingray 5 sick?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by davedblyoo, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. davedblyoo

    davedblyoo "All the mayhem and none of the sticky mess." Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2012
    Augusta, GA
    I have a EBMM Stingray 5 that I bought new but has spent much of its life under the bed in its case. I've been playing it a little lately and have a question about the three way switching. Please keep in mind that my bass has a piezo bridge. When I switch to the first (series) position, it sounds great but the volume drops considerably. When I go to the middle (single and dummy coil) the volume comes up considerably and the tone changes. When I move to the third (parallel) there is no change between it and the middle position. The blend knob between the magnetic and piezo pickup works fine, not that I use it often. Do I need to take this bass to my tech and see what's under the hood, or is this how the electronics are supposed to work and I'm just going to have to learn to live with it?
  2. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    To a tech or reach out to EBMM customer service.
  3. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Do not resign yourself to live with it.

    I made a phone call to Music Man support regarding the availability of parts over the Christmas Holidays, no less, and I had a callback in less than 4 hours later. And the fellow that called was very nice and helpful. I would start there.

    You might have a bad switch or a bad pickup. Maybe a pot, even. It has to be repairable.

    Good luck,
    Geri O
  4. toomanyslurpees


    Jan 21, 2009
    I wonder if the switch is just dirty?
  5. Swap out the battery? It could also be a bad switch/pot.,
  6. darrenmt


    Dec 15, 2004
    Try battery swap and some contact cleaner on the switch. If that doesn't work than it might he a bad switch or wiring issue.
  7. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Sounds to me like it could be a dead neck side coil in the pickup.

    In single coil mode (switch in middle position), it uses the bridge side coil.

    Definitely take it to a tech. It could easily be a bad solder joint.