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Serious Stingray Pick up problem

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Festus, Nov 15, 2002.

  1. Festus


    Dec 12, 2001
    London, England.
    My Stingray pick up has gone mad.
    Everytime I plug it into an amp, it emits a huge motorbike roar for about 20 seconds and then stops.
    It is then OK to play.
    I know it's not leads, pedals, amps etc. because I have experimented with loads of different leads and eliminated all pedals from my set up. I have also played through lots of amps in lots of studios.

    I don't want to send my bass back to the factory for a replacement cos I live in England and it is gonna cost a load of money to ship etc.

    Anybody recognize what's happening to my bass?

    Should I get a new Pick up?

    I feel sad that this has happened, I love the musicman sound.


  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
  3. Bonafide

    Bonafide Rodney Gene Junior Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Carr Amps, FTT, Custom Tones, BIAB, Nick Silver, Many others...
    Hey Festus,
    It's not your pickup, it is your pre-amp.
    If your pickup went bad, it wouldn't work at all, ever.
    You could run your Bass with passive electronics and simply send your pre-amp back to the manufactuer and have it fixed. You could also upgrade to a nicer pre-amp and pickup the Seymour Duncan replacement MM pre.
    Either way, it's not your pickup.

  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Have you recently changed the battery for the pre amp?
  5. Festus


    Dec 12, 2001
    London, England.
    I've changed batteries several times. The batteries
    aren't being eaten because they work in other things like pedals etc.
  6. Fran Diaz

    Fran Diaz

    Mar 28, 2002
    Santander, Spain
    As Bonafide said, it must be the preamp, not the pickup. If EB doesn't change it for free, I'd recommend going with the Basslines replacement, it sounds much better.

    keep groooovin'

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