Sterling bass SUB Series.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Alfonso Polo, Apr 27, 2022.

  1. Alfonso Polo

    Alfonso Polo

    Mar 17, 2018
    Chicago
    Got me an Sterling SUB a few months ago... It worked and sounded great.... For a while....
    Recently, for some reason, every time I play the E string I get a horrible distortion coming out of it, ESPECIALLY when I crank up the bass and treble knobs on it (just the way I like it) even with a brand new battery!
    At first I though it was maybe a blown speaker (I have a classic Ampeg 8X10), but even when I use my headphones I get that "distortion" (I also use a VOX Valvetronix vt120+ that I use at a low volume for practice at home) and still get the "distortion" with it, same E string.
    The rest of the strings sound good, it only happens with that E string and like I mentioned before, when I crank the bass and treble knobs.
    Faulty pre-amp maybe? Anyone with some input please?
    A friend of mine told me that it could be the pick-up itself....
    Thanks!
     
  2. The battery could be dying.
     
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  3. Alfonso Polo

    Alfonso Polo

    Mar 17, 2018
    Chicago
    It still doing it with a brand new battery.
     
  4. Eddie Jones

    Eddie Jones

    Sep 18, 2019
    Sylacauga AL
    I had that happen on a mid-priced bass (Vintage VJ-74 Re-Issue). The pickup was angled upwards really close to the "E" string. I adjusted the pickup and the distortion went away. Check out how close your pickup is to the string on that side.
     
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  5. Alfonso Polo

    Alfonso Polo

    Mar 17, 2018
    Chicago
    I will give it a try. Thanks Eddie!
     
  6. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    That's is normal syndrome once you turn up bass knob on Sub ray bass. Factory preamp issue.
     
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  7. Alfonso Polo

    Alfonso Polo

    Mar 17, 2018
    Chicago
    Aaaaaah! I knew it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. jpaulo

    jpaulo

    Aug 18, 2018
    Sao Paulo / Brazil
    I also had to lower my pickup a lot on the E side not to get that distortion...
    Hope it works for you, the bass is comfortable to play and has a nice tone.

    btw - the pup is so hot I can remove the battery and it will hear it with just a little bump on the gain...
     
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  9. Alfonso Polo

    Alfonso Polo

    Mar 17, 2018
    Chicago
    Yeah I really like it! The arm is so smooth and easy to play with, overall it's a great bass but then again, that started noise issue started happening.