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Low output from my PRS SE Kestrel bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BCRichguy, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. BCRichguy


    Jan 2, 2018
    Ok, so up until recently I have only owned either double P or double humbucker passive basses (got rid of my active basses to get this one,actually). A few weeks ago I bought a PRS SE Kestrel bass. Its a jazz style pick-up set-up and sounds really nice....heres the thing.
    Whenever I play it I notice its definatly lower in volume output than my other basses. Not having owned a J style bass before I'm wondering if naturally its going to have less output being two single coil style pick-ups? It does not seem like there is anything wrong with it...all the pots work smooth, pick-up hight seems good , imput jack seems fine. Just looking for some info...thanks everyone!
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  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Yep. :)
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  3. BCRichguy


    Jan 2, 2018
    Thats what I figured, but I had to ask...it was buggin me. Thanks.
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  4. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    Maybe raise the pickups a touch.
  5. CTBassGuy


    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    I’ve found somewhat different on my Kestrel vs my Carvin; the Kestrel is louder at the same amp settings than the Carvin with two humbuckers. I’ve not compared the Kestrel to a P bass though, and I know Carvins get a bad rap for electronics, generally, so YMMV of course.

    Is the situation bearable at least through a bit of a bump in the amp volume or eq settings?
  6. BCRichguy


    Jan 2, 2018
    Oh yeah, more than bearable, I just noticed an audible drop in volume form either of my double Ps is all.
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