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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jaycat, Feb 16, 2020.


  1. Jaycat

    Jaycat

    Sep 8, 2018
    Just unpacked my new Les Paul Jr Tribute bass and was dismayed at the lack of volume I'm getting out of it. There is definitely not enough there to play in a combo setting.

    I A/B'd it with my Ibanez Talman and the Gibby seems to be putting out maybe half the volume of the Ibanez. FWIW, playing thru a Promethean P20-H amp.

    What's going on here? Your thoughts are welcome, and thanks in advance.
     
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  2. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka

    Dec 10, 2019
    Pickup needs adjusting?
     
    jd56hawk likes this.
  3. Jaycat

    Jaycat

    Sep 8, 2018
    Well that was my thought as well, but what exactly do you think needs to happen? (I am not terribly electronically-inclined.)
     
  4. ajkula66

    ajkula66

    Sep 23, 2016
    NEPA
    These pickups are pretty loud. Try raising it, though. If it's not a pickup height issue as suggested above, return the bass for a replacement presuming that you got it brand new.

    Good luck.
     
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  5. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    Illinois
    Mine has every bit as much output as my active Basses, perhaps there is another issue in your case?

    Definitely try raising the pickup, to do this loosen the 2 screws securing it a bit. The closer the magnets are to the strings the stronger the signal coming out of the bass will be.

    Also if yours was set up like mine (high action, looser truss rod) it could use some bridge and neck adjustment. Doing this should bring the strings a bit closer to the pickup without having to raise it.
     
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  6. vid1900

    vid1900

    Dec 12, 2019
    Show us the wiring if raising the pickup does not fix it.
     
  7. Jaycat

    Jaycat

    Sep 8, 2018
    I tried raising the pickup but it didn't seem to help much. I don't know if this is a clue, but the incremental volume increase between 9 and 10 is much higher than 1 thru 9.

    Here's a pic of the innards. I assume the advice to raise the pickup meant 'raise the pickup cover?' Cause I didn't really see a way to raise up the pickup itself. I tried sticking a piece of rubber in there but that didn't help either. I am thinking it's off to the shop tomorrow, but let's see what you guys think.

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  8. vid1900

    vid1900

    Dec 12, 2019
    That foam acts like a spring, so when you loosen the screws on the cover, the whole pickup should rebound upwards (if not, add 2 strips of foam, like weatherstripping)

    Show us a pick of the wiring on the pots (just take the pickguard off and flip it upsidedown)
     
  9. Realmongo

    Realmongo

    Jan 13, 2020
    Western Mass
    I don’t have that problem with the one I got Friday. The guitar tech did say that he had to spend a lot of time fixing the setup on Thursday. Do you still have the problem when you activate the coil tap switch?
     
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  10. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    Toronto
    If you're using the coil tap setting, you'll notice a decrease in the overall volume.

    Also, work those pots in. Twist them a bunch and you may notice the volume gets better. Sometimes new pots don't work the way you expect until they're broken in.
     
  11. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka

    Dec 10, 2019
    Show us the back of the pots, maybe the pickup is wired backwards, or you got a bad pickup.
     
  12. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    There could be a problem with the tap switch on the pot. I have a 2017 EB where the split switch on the neck pickup would cut out and need to be wiggled to get the sound back. Since it was purchased used and without any warranty I just replaced the pot/switch and all was good.

    If yours was purchased new I’d bring it back where you bought it for replacement or (your call) a warranty repair.
     
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  13. If you have a warranty, new of used,- take it back to the source for adjustment or refund. i hope they can repair or replace it for you.
     
  14. Jaycat

    Jaycat

    Sep 8, 2018
    Thanks for the input everyone. I'm taking it in to my local shop tomorrow and see if it's an easy fix. Don't really feel like returning it, but I will if I have to.
     
    Tom Bomb likes this.
  15. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Output jack?
     
  16. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    Toronto
    Will they swap it out for another identical one? I did that with mine... The first had some wolf tones going on when I did chords in a certain area of the neck... It probably could have been sorted out with a pro setup but I decided I'd rather have a fresh one right or of the box. I had the bass for 19 days and they just swapped it for me on the spot... We opened three boxes and they just let me choose whichever one I wanted. The factory setup was much better on the one I decided to take home too!
     
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  17. bench

    bench

    Dec 28, 2007
    Germany
    Maybe it´s just "authentic"...
     
  18. bbh

    bbh Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    Check for anything poking anything else. Had an issue once where the battery lead was poking another wire ever so slightly causing a short.
     
  19. BigBear77

    BigBear77 Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2017
    The Talman is an active bass with a Very Hot output. The Tribute, I know nothing about, but as others have said, raise the PUPs
     
  20. Realmongo

    Realmongo

    Jan 13, 2020
    Western Mass
    If you do take a peek at the pots, look for a cold solder joint while you’re in there.
     

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