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think my pickups are shot

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by mothmonsterman, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. mothmonsterman


    Feb 8, 2006
    How do you tell if your pickups are shot?
    I've got a warwick corvette and all of a sudden my bass started sounding a little distorted mainly in the lows.
    I put a new battery in to no avail.
    new strings still nothing.
    and the whole thing just plain sounds a little dead.
    it's happening with both pickups.

    how do you tell if your pickups are going bad, I can;t seem to find much on google about it.
  2. Jo6Pak


    May 2, 2007
    how does it sound in passive mode?
  3. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Sorry to hear you are having a problem.

    Very unlikely both would go at once. Usually, a pickup will drop in output due to shorting along the windings. Time, physical trauma, or extremes of moisture are usually the cause of output drop.

    Has the instrument been submerged in water, or exposed to a corrosive environment like numerous cruise ship or seaside gigs?

    Have you considered a poor connection in the output jack/wiring? :cool:
  4. mothmonsterman


    Feb 8, 2006
    the same
    also been getting alot of noise I didn't used to.
  5. mothmonsterman


    Feb 8, 2006
    No I don't go boogie boarding with this bass I use my carrera for that.
    It's usually stored on a stand in the basement, not that this basement is particularly damp but average.

    I have considered the bad output jack but if I jiggle it the sound doesn't change normally I would think I'd be able to hear a bad connection on that end.
  6. Jo6Pak


    May 2, 2007
    what about the amp? have another bass or amp to compare?
  7. Craig_S

    Craig_S Banned

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Did you try a new cable?
  8. mothmonsterman


    Feb 8, 2006
    aye, my MB CMD 102p, and little practice amp and my zoom pedal with headphones.
  9. mothmonsterman


    Feb 8, 2006
    miles of them
    I'll make it easy on us all, anyone know a good tech in the suburban detroit area I can have look at it?
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I Grow Organic Carrots
    replace the battery
  11. mothmonsterman


    Feb 8, 2006
    3 times with a crappy CVS battery, energizer and duracell.
  12. mothmonsterman


    Feb 8, 2006
    Well and that kids is how we find out about warwick's locking 2 piece bridge, aparently when I took it in to get setup a few months later the saddle and bridge locks came loose and that's what was causing the distorted crappy sound.

    tighten them down made a few adjustments and it's now all gravy.
    I feel stupid yet accomplished thanks for the help fellas.

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