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Think something's wrong. Tone know not giving much response. (With audio samples)

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Inspirement, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Inspirement


    Oct 6, 2013
    I think I'm having some problem with the electronics in my SX Jazz.

    I bought it used from a friend a couple of months ago, and it's my first bass. I have since replaced the volume and tone pots as well as most of the wiring with the Premium Jazz Wiring Kit from Stew Mac, but I've left the original pickups and the wires from the pickups to the pots.

    The thing is, the tone knob hasn't really done anything no matter how I turn it, neither before nor after the wiring change. And the bridge pickup sounds much lower than the neck pickup, even with the neck one pushed all the way down and the bridge one as far up as I dare. (Sadly, you can't hear this as Soundcloud normalizes the audio. I have the original files if anyone wants them to compare).

    Is this normal jazz bass behaviour?

    I'm considering getting new pickups for it as well. Do you think that would solve anything?

    Audio samples:
    Both Pickups, Full Tone

    Both Pickups, No Tone

    Neck Pickup, Full Tone

    Neck Pickup, No Tone

    Bridge Pickup, Full Tone

    Bridge Pickup, No Tone

    And here's some pictures:

    Pickup height setup

    The wiring

    The whole bass
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 16, 2014

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