My baby is broken!! Help!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Beersurgeon, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. Beersurgeon


    Jul 16, 2010

    I have a G&L L-2500 tribby that is having some issues. I replaced the battery a couple days ago and since, the only way to get any volume for it is to have the bass, treble, and volume turned all the way up. I have tried different batteries and have the same issue with the batteries being brand new and full of energy. I have never had a problem with this bass until now and I need her back!!

    Any ideas?
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    Look for dirty contacts and loose solder joints. Good luck.
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  3. akrachanko

    akrachanko Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    Western Pennsylvania
    This sounds like a classic loose connection. Best bet would be to open it up and investigate. I'll plug mine in with it opened up, and jiggle the wires. Do it, and you'll know instantly if it's a loose connection.

    Could also be dirty pots, but if you're not getting crackling or weird results when you turn them, then it's not as likely. Good luck!
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  4. Beersurgeon


    Jul 16, 2010
    I have open her up and all the joints and connections look good. I have had some crackling from the treble pot before this occurred. I keep going to the connector for the battery being the issue.
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  5. Arie X

    Arie X

    Oct 19, 2015
    squirt some DeoxIT into the pots just to be sure. plug it in and wiggle the wires about -looks are decieving sometimes. check instrument cable and amp jack, amp to speaker wires if applicable.

    next move would be to whip out the multimeter.
  6. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore?

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
  7. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Worst case scenario, the preamp is fried, but they do sell replacement preamps. I had to replace the one in my 83’ L2k after 30 years, not a bad lifespan.
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