sqiere vintage modified 70's jazz bass problem

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by xaosbass, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. xaosbass


    Feb 15, 2008
    i've done some searching before posting and w/little luck i had to post. i got this bass about a month and a half back. no matter what strings i put on it the E string always sounds dead compared to the others. would a bridge changeout help? pickups, maybe? i'm at wits end. it has a good setup & intonation. is it possible i got a lemon and can it be corrected:confused:?
  2. xaosbass


    Feb 15, 2008
  3. This could be any one of many things. You might be better off taking it to a tech to see what's up with it. I'd guess that it is a small, easy fix.
  4. Joshua

    Joshua WJWJr Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2000
    A couple potential issues come to mind:

    1) Is the E string being strung correctly? Is there enough break angle at the nut?

    2) Is the pickup height correct?
  5. SQUIER!!!!
    test the pickups using a tuning fork check if they work where they should for your E string
  6. xaosbass


    Feb 15, 2008
    sorry for not being more specific.there's plenty of break angle at the nut and the windings on the tuner are perfect for downforce without having too many winds. also there is no angle from the nut to the E string tuner; the string is straight between them. i guess i'll have to take it to a local luthier so he can have a look.
  7. xaosbass


    Feb 15, 2008
    that's something i never thought of; where did you hear about it? btw, sorry for the misspell.:oops:
  8. i friend of mine once told me you can check the pickup by bringing a ringing tuning fork near the poles of the pickups to them check individually. don't know how good it works but it sure wont hurt see if you see any obvious differences?

    have you tried soloing out each pick up and figure out if its with one of the pickups or both?
    you can also try putting on another string like A D or G in place of the E (no dont tune it to THAT E, tune it like you would tune the respective string) and check how that works?
  9. I have a Squier 70's jazz bass too, haven't had that problem yet, but I'll subsribe just in case it happens!
  10. therex


    Jun 24, 2007
    there you have it
    try fixin that
    or it could be pickup height
    or a dead string