Weak sound from my amplifier

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Kostadin, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Kostadin


    Jun 30, 2020
    Hello guys. I am quite new to bass as I started practicing a few weeks ago. My amp is:


    My bass is:

    Ibanez Standard SR300E Bass Guitar - Cerulean Aura Burst

    And currently it does not sound good at all. I am ussualy using my headphones for practicing, since I live in an apartment. I had a 40-minute pracitice last night, using my headphones and everything was pretty much sharp.

    This evening I wanted to practice quietly without my headphones, but the sound was very weak and buzzy.

    Initialy, for the first 3-4 seconds, it sounded as usual. But then, out of nowhere, the sound from the amp did not felt right at all. Its hard for me describe it more specific, since I am not that fluent in English, but I have made a video.

    Every time I turn on the amp and pluck 2 or 3 times it sounds about right, but just a few moments later its quite broken.

    I am not sure if this is an amp or cable issue, hope its the latter, but I will be very grateful if someone can help me resolving this. I can provide additional videos too.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2020
  2. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    Northern KY
    Cab fan, hobbyist
    Try a different instrument cable.

    Do you have any active electronics in your bass? Check the battery. If it is the battery make sure moving forward that you always unplug your bass when you arent playing it.
  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    ^^^^^That's a really common, easy fix. First, anything you buy that comes with a battery will come with the least cost battery that is available. They don't last forever anyway but a really low quality battery that probably sat in the factory for a year and shipped inside your bass from overseas was probably half in the bag by the time you got your bass.
    And what @basscooker said, unplug the bass after you play. Active preamps are energized when the cable is plugged it, that's what closes the circuit. When a preamp battery fails you'll hear a fuzzy low output sometimes.
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  4. 3-band EQ with Power Tap = active bass.

    Dollars to donuts a new battery will sort it. Unplug the cord from the bass between practices.
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  5. Kostadin


    Jun 30, 2020
    Thank you for your responses, guys. Its true that I am not unplugging it, when I am not practicing. I will buy a new battery and test it again.
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  6. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    Northern KY
    Cab fan, hobbyist
    Yup. I posted before the OP edited his post and included a link to the bass. Says it right there in the description, ACTIVE PREAMP.

    Change the battery and it'll most likely solve it. Unplug cord from the bass when not playing.
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