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Musicman Question

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Music_for_life, Mar 15, 2013.


  1. Music_for_life

    Music_for_life

    Aug 6, 2010
    Something is loose inside my bass, when I move the bass back and forth. The bass is functioning ok but I don´t know if this can become worse and damage my bass.
    What may be happening???
    Do you recomend taking the bass to a luthier??
     
  2. Music_for_life

    Music_for_life

    Aug 6, 2010
    I have a Singray 5...
    Something is loose inside my bass, when I move the bass back and forth. The bass is functioning ok but I don´t know if this can become worse and damage my bass.
    What may be happening???
    Do you recomend taking the bass to a luthier??
     
  3. rude_basstard

    rude_basstard

    May 2, 2012
    Maryland
    Do you mean inside the control cavity? If so, there should be nothing to panic about. Just take off the pickguard and take a look. As long as its working the electronics are at least intact, and you may just need to reattach or resolder. Do you play with a pick? If you keep extra picks tucked behind the pickguard, one might have fallen in. I've had that happen with my guitars a few times.
     
  4. where in the bass??? Neck? Control cavity/body?
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    see if the battery is flopping around.

    otherwise yeah, just take off the pickguard, open up the metal control plate, flip it over and shake it to see what falls out.
     
  6. Music_for_life

    Music_for_life

    Aug 6, 2010
    in the body!
     
  7. GFinnsson

    GFinnsson

    Sep 9, 2008
    Is it a five string or a Sterling? It might be the dummy coil that is under the pickup. Just glue it back on
     
  8. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    You need to find the problem before the problem gets worse. It sounds like you're not comfortable taking things apart, so take it to a qualified repair shop.

    It won't fix itself. And TB'ers guessing what it is is pointless.
     
  9. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    +1

    But if its easy to take the pickguard off with a few screws its not gonna hurt anything. I'd take off the pgaurd and just see if anything is loose. Just be gentle. BUT, I don't own an MM so I can't be so sure. If your that nervous about touching any of the inerds then yes, take it somewhere. It could be nothing or it could be something. I'm just stating what I myself would do.
     
  10. NickTej22

    NickTej22

    Feb 17, 2013
    Largo FL
    Could it be the battery?
     
  11. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    Probably could be. Could also be something else. Guessing is, again, pointless until the bass is opened up and somebody actually looks.
     
  12. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    +1
     
  13. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    Yes.

    If this is a Stingray, there's nothing under the pick guard. But that shiny metal plate that all the knobs are attached to... now that's got stuff under it.
     
  14. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005

    If it's one of the current type battery compartments that open without tools, it's unlikely to be the battery... As you said, the only way to determine what it really is, is to take a look...


    - georgestrings
     
  15. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    No need to be scared of your bass! Just open it up and see what's going on. It would have taken less time than it did to post the question here.
     
  16. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    Generally, with this type of situation if a person 's first response isn't to just break out a screwdriver and remove the pickguard, but rather inquire about the nature of the problem and whether they should take it to a luthier, it may not be in their best interest to learn their first techie troubleshooting chops on their instrument.
     
  17. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    ha! true enough.

    this should be really easy though; as long as he doesn't i dunno, slip with the screwdriver and put a big gouge in the paint, lose all the screws, or pull so hard on the control plate that he breaks wires off, there's not much risk with just unscrewing the control plate and looking inside.
     
  18. Music_for_life

    Music_for_life

    Aug 6, 2010
    It was the pickup that was loose inside, an easy fix for only 4 dollars at the electronic guy of my neiborhood
     
  19. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Awesome, glad it was nothing really. Did you learn anything, as in did you watch him open er up and check er out?
     
  20. droskobass

    droskobass

    Oct 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    Former Part-Time, Non-Commission Employee MOOG Audio
    I Had the same issue with my 1993 Sterling, the issue more specifically was that the dummy coil (third coil glued Under the humbucker) had come unglued. It was originally fastened with silicon caulking. eventually one of the leeds came unsaudered from the original pickup and I lost sound in two out of the three pickup selector switch settings. It was a quick fix but tricky as there really insn't much slack on th epickup wires.

    My buddy who recently purchased a 1994 sterling had the same issue, I guess that the silicon "glue" or caulking just gives out after 20 years. He however did not lose sound.

    My 1998 Sterling has npt had the same issue and nor do I expext it to, since I replaced the springs under the pickup with Foam. the faom cradles the dummy coil better that the spring which forced the glue to do all of the work holding the pickup together....

    Since the Stingray 5 H has the same style electronics as the Sterling, you may have had the same issue.
     

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