#1
Hey guys, lately I've noticed that during band practice the higher notes I play really aren't cutting through like they should, anything on the D and G strings just seems to fade into the mix.
It's not dead strings as this problem has been pretty ongoing since I got the bass and I've got the mids and highs cranked pretty high on both the amps I use.
The bass is a Spector Euro5 that I purchased second-hand and the amps are both Behringers; a BX300 (30 watt that I use for practice) and a BX4500X with a 210 and a 115 cab that is used for band practise and gigs.
I also play an Ibanez SR505 and don't have any problems cutting through with that.
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#3
Could be the pickups. Maybe try adjusting the height on the higher strings?
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#5
you pick too hard overall.
Edit. i read it wrong... sorry i dont know whats wrong.
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#6
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Just use the ibanez?

I don't really have the time to tune a whole step down inbetween songs at gigs and I prefer the feel of my Spector anyway.
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#7
I also suggest boosting high mids. you could get an eq pedal to help with this. Also, I find that actually boosting my lows helps all my notes cut through...but i use a tube amp and tube tone can be a bit different and have weird quirks. try it and maybe it'll work maybe it won't.
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#8
Try raising your pickups closer to those strings. You could also try playing in a different spot, where you can dig into the strings a little more. The height change should help tho.
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#9
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Try raising your pickups closer to those strings. You could also try playing in a different spot, where you can dig into the strings a little more. The height change should help tho.

Not to seem daft but they don't seem to be raising? Aren't they supposed to raise/lower when you tighten/loosen the screws? My screws just unscrew and come out.
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#10
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Not to seem daft but they don't seem to be raising? Aren't they supposed to raise/lower when you tighten/loosen the screws? My screws just unscrew and come out.


I had this on one of my basses. I took the pickup out of the socket(be careful not to pull any wires, but they should be long enough for this) and put a piece of felt underneath them. If you just wanted to raise one side you'd simply put a piece of felt(or any cloth for that matter) underneath on side and screw the pickup back in. If you want it raised a bit more either add another piece of cloth or fold the one that's already in there.
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#11
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the amps are both Behringers; a BX300 (30 watt that I use for practice) and a BX4500X



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#12
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He only has the problem with one bass. So that is not the entire problem....although it may contribute.
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#13
crappy as Behringer may be, the problem is certainly fixed in the pickups. give the E string side 2 good clockwise turns.
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#14
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crappy as Behringer may be, the problem is certainly fixed in the pickups. give the E string side 2 good clockwise turns.


can't believe i didn't think of this. the bass i had that wasn't adjustable was a cheap Dean bass. I should expect better from a Spector.
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#15
How far do you guys think the pickup should be away from the string? and correct me if I'm wrong is it true that the neck pickup should be lower than the bridge or is this rule just for guitars?
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Squier Precision Bass TB
#16
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How far do you guys think the pickup should be away from the string? and correct me if I'm wrong is it true that the neck pickup should be lower than the bridge or is this rule just for guitars?


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#17
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How far do you guys think the pickup should be away from the string? and correct me if I'm wrong is it true that the neck pickup should be lower than the bridge or is this rule just for guitars?

The same principal applies, but it's much less fussed-over.
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