Not a good day! MusicMan help......

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BigBud, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. BigBud


    Dec 22, 2007
    Help me out guys..... Asked to play with the local band at the 4th party in the local park. They were cool with that so last Sat. I came to their practice to work out acouple tunes. Brought my new Musicman SR5 20th Ann. (beautiful bass). Hooked up to the bass player's rig w/ 4/10 Eden cabinet. The sound kept clicking on me. I guess that's the best way to describe the sound. Constant click with each note. What is up? First time out with an active PU bass. Is there a problem there? Anyway, they didn't throw me out, but the Rickenbacker goes with me tonight. Any clues to help me out? Paid alot for this MM and want it to sound as fine as possible.........Thanks, Tech challenged Bud
  2. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    First thing is change the battery and then give it another try.
  3. Pickups adjusted too high?
  4. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
    Make sure the amp isn't clipping... How's the setup? Strings too low? Pickup too high? Neck too straight?
  5. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Sounds to me like the strings are hitting the pole pieces,or possibly the frets. The string action is too low,the pickup is too high,or you have a real heavy picking style.Might even be a combination of all 3. Do some trouble shooting and see what works.
  6. Lucas G

    Lucas G

    Jan 14, 2007
    masury, OH
    make sure you don't have the knobs dimed! not even the volume knob! 50 to 75% is all you need for volume, start with the EQ knobs flat and make tiny adjustments from there.
  7. laneline

    laneline Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    North Jersey
    + 1 to all the above, I have 2 of the same MM's & never encountered that problem, did you ever have the bass set-up after buying?
    Mine came from different stores but both were set-up properly, a good set-up should find your gremlin. I've never used them but I hear EB/MM's cust service is real good.
  8. OnlyMe


    Feb 16, 2006
    Kontich / Belgium
    Sorry to hear about your troubles. Strange problem though, never had it with my 20th SR5... If you're sure it's the bass, contact EBMM Customer Service, one of the best in the business, they'll do everything to help you.

    Maybe also post it on the EBMM forum ( Maybe someone there recognises the problem...
  9. BigBud


    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks guys, some good ideas to follow up on there. No, It hasn't been setup properly. Bought it from an Arizona shop, shipped it to Kansas and just started playing it. Sounded great at low volume here in the basement. Bud
  10. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    Sounds like you're hearing the "clanking" noise that ceramic coil p/u's often created when played aggressively.

    I too have a couple of Musicman 5 string basses. One's a SR5 and the other is a ST5. Both are single H configurations. I can very easily create this clanking sound if i'm not carefull how I play. One thing i'd suggest is to play directly over the pickup. The other thing I do is roll the treble and mid to the flat (middle) position and boost the bass.

    I've been a long time RIC player and found Musicman basses a bit ackward at first, but a bit of trial and error soon made them my favourite instruments. Needless to say, my RIC is now history and i'll never go back.

    You will find the Ernie Ball Customer Service staff the best in the business. Call upon them with any question you need answered. They're the best in the industry.

    Good luck with your new SR5 20th.

  11. BigBud


    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks, that definitely sounds like a possible problem. I finger pick, and have over the years found that a lighter touch is the best method, but when excited, I do dig in alittle too much. Perhaps an adjustment of the pu s would be an answer. I have an e-mail sent into a Kansas City Luthier to set this baby properly.....Thanks, Bud
  12. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006
    I believe the 20th Ann Ray 5 has an alnico pickup.
  13. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    sounds like the action is to low and clicking on the fret ends..
  14. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    Lots of great suggestions here:
    Change Battery
    Lower Pickups
    Turn TREBLE down
    Check it out at home!!!!!
  15. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    sorry to hear about ya problems.i,ve had this issue with musicmans .treble boost on pick ups was the culprit for me.either turn it down or catch it at the amp musicmans have a savage amount of treble boost if your used to passive basses.tone controls cut and boost.half way is no cut n no boost.amps with horns,tweeters exemplify this no end,if you can turn them off or turn them down this will help.once you get it sussed they are very versitile at the turn of the tone controls.glad to hear you are a ricky player as well.the only thing that sounds like a ricky is another.hope this helps
  16. BigBud


    Dec 22, 2007
    Went to the event in the park last night with just my adjusted strap. Used the bass player's GL for afew songs. Sounded great, but hurt that I was minus that awesome B string. And I know that when the MM 5 20th is set up correctly I'll be on a constant smile! Thanks guys.........Bud
  17. Hounddog


    Dec 2, 2004
    Southern, Illinois
    Sadowsky Featured Artist
    If the Cab has a tweeter TURN IT OFF.
  18. BobKos


    Apr 13, 2007
    I went through this with mySR4 30th. It's probably your attack coupled with too much treble. Truthfully, I hate that I have to adjust my amp to play the SR4 when I can play ANY other bass I own with the same amp settings. Hence I don't use the SR4 too much.