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Post by Clive Shakedown Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:34 am

Hi everyone.

I've just discovered an odd problem, my bass is distorting at any volume via the neck pickup, have tried other basses and it's just this one.
it almost sounds like a distortion pedal.
the bridge pick up is fine, (both pick ups are humbuckers non modified Thunder 2) it's a 1984
any ideas or advice will be appreciated.

ps, with both pick ups selected it is still audible, just not so bad.
and, it didn't do it a last time I played it, and I have no batteries as I don't ever use the actives.

???


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Post by Catalyst Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:03 pm

Hi mate, hope you are well.

Only thing I can think of would be the neck volume pot....check the solder joints or failing that might be a faulty pot.

Let us know how you get on  Cool
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Post by Clive Shakedown Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:31 pm

Hiya, yes fine thanks, only one volume control on the bass, just spent nearly an hour taking out the pick up selector switch and servisol ling it, is that a word?
but still the same, all wires attached.
not a serious problem as have more Thunders, just annoying that it's below par at the moment.
Good suggestion, will take a look at the pots.
Cheers.
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Post by Barry Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:25 pm

Yeah, Cat's got the right idea. Usually a simple cleaning will correct it.

Many weird and wonderful sounds have been caused by a bit o' corrosion on a pot's wiper. Sometimes no sound at all. Common electrical problem especially on an older instrument.

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Post by Clive Shakedown Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:38 pm

Thanks guys. Will give it a try.
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Post by Clive Shakedown Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:07 pm

Dry solder joints it was. Sorted now. Thanks for your help.
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