#1
Hey guys, i replaced the pick ups on my yamaha p-bass and after a while, i got it to work, barely

The sound is now only barely audiable when both the amp vol. and guitar vol. are maxed. Does anyone here know how to remedy this?

[its the DiMarizo blade pickups]
#2
Check your wiring or raise it a bit?
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#3
Yeah, I'd say it's the wiring, did a shop do it for you? If they did, take it back, they shouldn't charge you for it, and if you did it yourself, try see where you went wrong, then if you can't, take it to a shop.
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#4
I would say when you put the pci kup on, you had the urge to crank the screws down, so rasie the pick up a bit, I'd say that will do the trick.
#5
Definately raise the pick ups, and if you can't get them right just take it to a shop and in about 30 minutes they can optimize them for you.
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#6
I had this exact problem and raising the pickup itself did the trick. If you have to stuff some crap under the pickup to keep it at that height, so be it.
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#8
Well I would say rise your pickups and when you get it working, tell me how the pickups are. I was planning on doing exactly what you did. (same pickup and bass I think RBX170?)
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#10
dammit, i went back to my old pickups, raised the pickups as high as w/o buzz, and still that low sound. i just ruined my bass
#11
Maybe the pickups are trully active? Maybe they need an onboard preamp?
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#12
no, i put on my old pickups and its still low, and the new ones are passive, i checked

EDIT: The new strings i put on are the fender stainless flats, would that affect it?
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#13
Make sure all connection in your signal chain are working fine (no pedals on low power, slightly disconnected cables, volume turned up on bass and gain and volume set on amp).

Check that all the conections on tone and volume pots are as required to be.

Then adjust the pickup height so they come up a bit.

If that doesn't work, take it to a shop.
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#14
taking it to Sam Ash within the next few days. theyre charging me 25 vs 80 the local ones are charging. ludicrous.
#15
if you've done it yourself go back and check for any cold solder joints (they'll be dull as opposed to a good shiny one)
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#17
the advise i was given was make sure that the both points of contact (the wire and the pot) are hot before applying the solder. not ridiculously hot though. just put your wire on your pot then hold it down with your iron for about 5 seconds then go about the actual soldering process
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#18
I second going back and checking the solder joints. Did you change the wiring at all, or just swap the pickups?
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#19
same wiring. followed the instructions.

Im taking it to Sam Ash on friday. they quoted me ~25 to wire. would they charge more to take care of my truss/action. Also, how long do repair jobs usu. take? I'm in a band and this is down time for me.

Thanks ppl
#20
they wont charge much for trus/action setups, had mine done for about $15 Australian, and its usually all taken care of within about a day. Good luck man