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SSI 5 MEC Preamp Dead?

Discussion in 'Non - Official Warwick Customer Support' started by Dbass, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. Dbass

    Dbass

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    Hi guys!
    I had a problem with my battery conector, It was broken after many battery exchanges so I had to replace it with a new one. What I did is just cut the wires of the old conector and soder a new one (red with red and black with black). After this the preamp is not working any more. If I pull the volume knob to go passive I have signal, and sounds good. When pushing the volume pot to activate the preamp/Eq the bass has no output, completely dead. Any clue what might happen here? Before the battery conector replacement was all good...

    I can send pictures of the back cavity in case is helpful.

    All the best!

    Dbass
     
  2. schlobodan

    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    connect the battery directly to the cables to be sure that nothing is wong with the new clip + check the cables
    at the pre. Might have come lose when working on them
     
  3. Dbass

    Dbass

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    Many thanks schlobodan!

    Long time away from this post, I just got back to try to fix the preamp issue. The battery clips seems to be fine since the pickups are active I guess power from the batteries is arriving to the pickups thats why in passive mode I still get sound. Is my assumption correct? Which other way I have to troubleshoot this? I´d like to know if the preamp is dead o the pull/push knob is faulty...I have checked prices for the MEC replacements and it´s really expensive, so before thi big expense I´d like to know if I can try some other type of fix...

    Many Thanks!

    D
     
  4. shaftbass

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    I've had two MEC 3-band preamps from the early-2000s era go bad. Replaced with Aguilar OBP-3. All is well in the world.

    Alternatively, EMG stuff is really nice, and solder-less.
     
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