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My DOA NBD: Sub5 Sterling MM

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BillyIVbass, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. BillyIVbass


    Sep 24, 2008
    Gear Reviews Guitar World Online
    UPDATE: Rapid fire response from Sterling, going to try to repair this beast.

    Played one in GC and thought, "Hey this is great"

    1. I rarely need a 5-string
    2. This ones really light
    3. $299 is a great price (especially if I hold out for a 15% off coupon)

    The one at my local GC sold so I ordered one and I get it today, all looks good, the frets and action are great, I go to plug it in and the electronics are screwed up:

    The volume is just about half of a passive Fender and the hum is just unusable. I would as far to say the hum is as loud as the signal.

    I tried a new battery, touching my fingers to the bridge and strings and nothing tames the hum.

    Can anyone offer any insight? I really like the weight and fretwork and don't want to send it back if it's a simple fix.

    Oh and here's my obligatory photo!
  2. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Take it to GC and have their guy take a look at it. I'm pretty sure it's wiring into the preamp. Try a PM to SBMM (he posts here for SBMM) asking for the schematic.

    That should help clear it up.

    All the best,

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  4. rumblinbass


    Aug 22, 2003
    Wimberley, TX
    based on what you said - weak signal and lots of hum...sounds like a bad ground connection. possibly right at the jack.
  5. BillyIVbass


    Sep 24, 2008
    Gear Reviews Guitar World Online
    Thanks guys! I'll try to look up the Sterling guy.