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Uneven sound between strings

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by chrose1201, Dec 2, 2018.


  1. chrose1201

    chrose1201

    Sep 23, 2007
    Upstate NY
    I wasn't really sure what to do a search for for this topic so I will post the question and apologize in advance if this turns out to be common. I have returned to the bass in a band after many years of playing guitar in bands. What can I say I love both! To that end I bought myself a 2001 EBMM Stingray which turns out to have a bad preamp. I am thinking of replacing it with a SUB passive setup (which is another thread) For last nights gig I returned to the Peavey Cirrus 4. I use a Hartke TX600 with a pair of HD112 cabs. The Hartkes apparently are known for lo volume so I cranked the OD to just under where it flashes and had the volume set at somewhere around 10:00 and the low end was pretty strong on the E&A strings, however when I played the D&G strings anywhere on the neck really the volume and strength of the tone just disappeared! I have not been using this amp and bass on a regular enough basis to really know why so I hoped someone can shed some light on the lack of dynamics here. I don't know if it is a Hartke TX issue, and active pup issue (god knows it can't be me :thumbsup::laugh: ) I appreciate the feedback (pardon the pun) Maybe I need a better head and passive bass. BTW we play primarily classic rock from the Beatles through to some 80's. Thanks much!
     
  2. chrose1201

    chrose1201

    Sep 23, 2007
    Upstate NY
    Ok so I will reply. I took the same bass to practice and used the head there which is a Peavey headliner 600w and lo and behold the D & G strings rang out just fine! Guess maybe the issue is the Hartke TX600 after all....
     
  3. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Ohio
    1.) Putting a passive control system in a Stingray is blasphemy :smug:

    2.) Try boosting mids and/or lowering lows
     
  4. chrose1201

    chrose1201

    Sep 23, 2007
    Upstate NY
    Well now that I know I have a bad preamp in the Stingray (or at least suspect) something is definitely wrong. Maybe all I need to do is get it fixed and get a new head as the Hartke just aint' cutting it!
     
  5. chrose1201

    chrose1201

    Sep 23, 2007
    Upstate NY
    Ok so as much as I hate to admit it, the fault appears to be mine and not Hartkes! I set the ohm rating on the cabs wrong and was trying to pump a 4 ohm load into 2 ohms.... My bad. Next weeks gig I will try and do it correctly and see how that works out for me :)
     

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