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Rb Corvette $$ Top String Issue/pickups?

Discussion in 'Bass Pickups & Electronics' started by Nihil84, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Nihil84

    Nihil84

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    Hello, recently new to a 4 string RB corvette $$ 2017 passive model with series/parallel stock setup, love the bass however I do have an issue with the top string/E string. All the other strings sound fine but the top string seems to be quite louder/boomy than the rest. Its so significant it makes my bass amps (tested on several) sound like they are farting/distorting out. Even band members have commented on "whats up with that string?"

    Is this normal?
    IF so can I do something to the electronics to fix this or a different set of pickups?
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forum buddy
    First check the pickup setup, how close is to the string. MM type pickups need bigger space- let's say 4mm for the bridge pickup, and 4 mm for neck pickup with string pressed at 24th fret.
     
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    That's a weird situation. I seriously doubt about BOTH pickups dead on one pole. Due the coils design, it's most likely… impossible.
    Like Flo said wisely, first things is to check hardware setup. Plus some basics:

    Is the E string seems normal to you? tension, placement, saddle posture…
    I Don't know much about RB, but if there's a passive option, does it still do the same thing without the EQ?
    If not, when tweaking the controls, everything's fine?

    I'll go for a preamp issue but this is really odd. Why just on the E string? Hardware need to be checked first
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    If strings are too close, AND bass bosted on EQ, E string might sound as he describes with any MM type bass.
     
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    It is in fact possible to have such manifestations with a broken preamp. If you have say a shelving bass control at 40Hz and for some obscure reason the preamp is stuck to bass on full (perhaps due to a problematic pot or solder) you will have a very boomy low B string or even E string. In my opinion it is much more probable that the pickups are just too close to the string due to poor setup like you guys said.
     
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    Agreed. But the A string at octave deliver a lot of lows too.... Not 40hz but it should sound not properly.
     
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    I'm having the same problem but with a Thumb BO 5. When I dig into any string it has a clipping/distortion sound to it. I know these basses can take hard playing because Andy Irvin beats them senseless. I also play pretty hard and have never had this issue before.

    I've tried the following:
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    3 different amp/cab configurations:
    ie, svt4pro > 2x12 tc electronics, ampeg v4bh > ampeg 2x10, Mesa > eden 4x10
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    I've lowered the pickups BELOW Warwicks recommended settings via their youtube videos.
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    I've just replaced the preamp with the same model. It's brand new of course.
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    Brand new 9v battery of course.
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    2 different instrument cables.
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    2 different homes
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    Played in passive mode, same result.
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    Is there a chance that on the active pickups the preamps are failing? That's the only thing left to do.

    I hope some Warwick engineer is around because I don't want to waste anymore money! :) I never thought I'd have to be troubleshooting a Warwick bass. Pretty heartbreaking and expensive honestly.
     
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    Depending where you are based, it may be interesting to send the defect pickup to someone to test it...
     
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    IMHO, it'll be hard to test.

    Personally I'll would go for sending a wave with a freq. Gen. And check it with a scope.
     
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    That's a tough nut to crack there @reebis. Wish I could offer some recommendation.
     
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    And I don't want to be the bitch there but if you changed everything and the problem is still there........ Without any equipment there is a lot of chances it comes from the pickups. Both it's strange but possible if someone did a mistake with the wiring....
     
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    And in case of, maybe MEC are cheaper (I doubt) but Delano MC 4 AL is a nice replacement. If you're inside UE, my best price is 223 euros. (I hope you'll find another way but at least it's a reference if you need to change them)
     
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