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Muddy sounding Jazz - pickups or preamp?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Mar 6, 2013.


  1. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I have an active Jazz that is giving me a bit of a muddy sound. It's not as clear sounding as other J-basses I've had with the same strings and amp setup. Is this likely to be the pickups or the preamp?
     
  2. miles'tone

    miles'tone

    Feb 26, 2008
    Wales, U.K
    Changed the battery?
     
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Depends on the pickups and the preamp. Could be either... or both.
     
  4. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Yup. New batteries.
     
  5. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Stacked J's and active 18v preamp.
     
  6. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    OK, so no brand or model for either of them... hmm... *gazes into crystal ball* A-ha!
     
  7. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
    Hawaii
    I had this issue with an 18v Cirrus recently..it just seemed 'muffled',in both volume and tone,making it no more aggressive than any of my passives. Turns out one of the power leads from the p'ups had a bad solder and was hanging on by a single strand...You've probably already done it,but it's worth double checking all solders/connections first..
     

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