#1
about a year ago, i got an old bass from my grandpa as a gift. he bought it sometime in 1991 i think. it's very old. and i have no clue what kind of bass it is.
anyways, i noticed that i didn't work the other day, and i tried to see what was wrong. i took of the input jack and noticed that there was nothing connected to the input jack. inside, there was a lone red wire.
im a complete noob, but i think this is whats wrong with my bass. is there anything i could do to fix it, or should i just take it in to a shop?

http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af111/skeith121212/bass5.jpg
http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af111/skeith121212/bass4.jpg
http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af111/skeith121212/bass1.jpg
http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af111/skeith121212/bass2.jpg
http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af111/skeith121212/bass3.jpg
http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af111/skeith121212/bass7.jpg
http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af111/skeith121212/bass6.jpg

here are the pics, if it helps.
sorry for the bad quality
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What? She said "just solder it back together"?


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#3
Take it to a shop. Trust me.

Ive had a guitar that messed up this way, and trust me, if you try to fix it yourself, like I did, it will et even more messed up, and it will be an even bigger deal later.
#5
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Just soder it back together!



It sounds easy, but really, if you dont know how to do it, is it a great idea to mess with liquid metal?
#6
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Just soder it back together!


how? i really have no idea what goes where

(thats what she said btw)
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#8
I find soldering incredibly easy, experiment on some other wires and then head in to the bass, its easy especially if its one wire.
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#9
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(thats what she said btw)



What? She said "just solder it back together"?
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#10
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What? She said "just soder it back together"?





i meant my statement. "i have no idea what goes where"
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What? She said "just solder it back together"?


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i meant my statement. "i have no idea what goes where"



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haha I knew what you meant. That was just too good to pass up.
thats worth a sig.



ok, fine, you can have your sig...


anyway, back to the topic.
since im a complete noob, i should just take it to the shop right?
or could somebody, give me instructions on how to solder it back together?
im really strapped for cash, and don't think i could pay for fixing my bass...
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What? She said "just solder it back together"?


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#13
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ok, fine, you can have your sig...


anyway, back to the topic.
since im a complete noob, i should just take it to the shop right?
or could somebody, give me instructions on how to solder it back together?
im really strapped for cash, and don't think i could pay for fixing my bass...


there's probably plenty of tutorials on the internet about how to do it. You would need to get solder and a soldering gun, and basically what you do is put the two parts you want to solder together, melt the solder on top of it (molten solder is suprisingly runny, really a lot like water except shiny) and then let it cool (takes a few seconds)
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#14
There should be multiple wires. If you don't have any experience with electronics, it's easiest to take it to an engineer
#15
i've decided to get it repaired. does guitar center fix basses(sp?)?. and if they do, does anyone have an idea how much it would cost?
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#17
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i've decided to get it repaired. does guitar center fix basses(sp?)?. and if they do, does anyone have an idea how much it would cost?


im sure they can.
Probably around $50.
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Good luck

thanks, im all good to go.
thanks for the help everyone, it is appreciated
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#19
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There should be multiple wires. If you don't have any experience with electronics, it's easiest to take it to an engineer


indeed. along with the red wire ("hot") there should be a black or bare wire ("ground"). I've noticed on a bass I bought recently though the wire they used had both in the one wire, kind of like TV coax...
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It sounds easy, but really, if you dont know how to do it, is it a great idea to mess with liquid metal?


In my experience, No. *glances at the holes in all my clothes*

Personally I think you should do it yourself. Here's my reasons.

1. It's really not as difficult as you would think, it's a very simple circuit.

2. If you find a schematic online of the type of pick-up configuration you have and follow that to see which wire is loose and where it should go. This will be generally good for your knowledge of the workings of your instrument, which I personally think is quite important for a musician.

3. If you take it to a guitar shop you'll get it done to an all right standard, but you will have to pay out the ass for it. They take advantage of people that way.

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I've noticed on a bass I bought recently though the wire they used had both in the one wire, kind of like TV coax...


That's two coil wire, it's very useful if you have a really complicated circuit, because it reduces the amount of clutter alot.
Most guitars/basses use it.
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That's two coil wire, it's very useful if you have a really complicated circuit, because it reduces the amount of clutter alot.
Most guitars/basses use it.


I'd imagine providing ground was the outer cable, it would also have some sheilding effect ? I've noticed my new bass is also very quiet (noise-wise), that could be due to it having humbuckers though.