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Bassist in Need of Help (Bigtime)


BassRules

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Hi

 

I bought an Ibanez EDA 905 about 4 months ago, and have had great fun playing it, but unfortunatley, its messed up.

 

I started playing the other day and it gradually went quieter and quieter, until there was no sound. :confused:

 

I had a fiddle and can occasionally get sound out of it.

 

I can get sound out of it permanantly if the lead is halfway in, but the amp has to be on full volume, and it is still pretty quiet and quite distorted. :confused:

 

I then took it to a guitar shop and they put in a new jack socket,and told me it was working again. Ive just got it back and it was okay, for about 30 seconds and the sound went again.

 

I have tried 2 leads, and my tuner, so it is not the amp, it has to be my bass.

 

Has anyone got any pointers before I have to take it in again?

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Maybe the solder joints in the bass are bad? Just take the control plate off and look for any loose joints or wrong looking things. If you're not confident in your skills, don't touch anything. Also, does your bass have a battery? If it does, CHANGE IT.
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I'm surprised the tech didn't change the battery.
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I read your situation. Mulled over it while doing my lab work. Continued a long meandering thought while prepping some equipment for painting. Entertained several ideas about your spot of bad luck while filling out my logs.

 

You know what I came up with?

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Have you checked your battery? ;)

 

ATM

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Originally played by Metallica:

Lashing out through the boundaries

Weak are ripped and torn away

Hypnotizing power, crushing all that cower

Battery is here to stay

 

Smashing through the boundaries

Lunacy has found me

Cannot stop the battery

Pounding out aggression

Turns into obsession

Cannot kill the battery

 

Cannot kill the family

Battery is found in me

 

Battery

 

Crushing all deceivers, mashing non-believers

Never ending potency

Hungry violent seeker, feeding of the weaker

Breeding on insanity

 

Smashing through the boundaries

Lunacy has found me

Cannot stop the battery

Pounding out aggression

Turns into obsession

Cannot kill the battery

 

Cannot kill the family

Battery is found in me

 

Battery

 

Circle of destruction, hammer comes crushing

Powerhouse of energy

Whipping up a fury, dominating flurry

We create the battery

 

Smashing through the boundaries

Lunacy has found me

Cannot stop the bbattery

Pounding out aggression

Turns into obsession

Cannot kill the battery

 

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Hey, don't get down on yourself. Next time, you'll be one of the people saying "battery." Meanwhile, the guy at the music store that replaced your jack is a SUper-Dooper Spaz, or he's an out & out crook. Since he didn't replace the battery and the jack, I'd vote for the former. Unless he really expected you to return and he'd replace the pick up, then the bridge, etc.
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After reading the whole thread, I'm glad to see there was a happy ending. I was on the edge of my seat wondering, is it the battery? Is it not the battery? Why didn't the repair shop check that first? Who is this masked repair guy? Who shot JR? It was a real page turner (or at least page scroller). ;)

 

Glad you got your problem solved. I always keep an extra battery around. I figure I have had the same batteries in my bass for about two years and figure it's only a matter of time.

Nothing you do in life is ever wrong, some things just aren`t exactly right. Or some crap like that.

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Originally posted by BassRules:

Ok everyone, it was the battery, so i am a bit of a spaz. Oh well, ive got lots of playing to catch up on. Thanks for finding the manual getz 76. I couldnt find it on the net. Thanks alot everyone.

I would stay far away from the "tech" who tried to fix it in the first place. Unless you go there to give him some crap for not spotting that immediately. Get your money back!
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Welcome to the forum, BassRules.

 

You came to the right place.

 

'Cause where else could you come and get yelled at by folks all over the world?

 

Stick around, share. You'll like this little club.

Yep. I'm the other voice in the head of davebrownbass.
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The tech who replaced your input jack before checking your battery ripped you off.

 

At least now you know for next time, though.

 

Welcome to the forum, you'll find a lot of useful information here.

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Hey BassRules, I agree with the others that the REAL spaz is the tech guy. Just to make you feel a little better, I have a couple true stories to tell...

 

I used to work with a guy who had been playing bass for 20+ years. All that time he used his trusty old Fender Jazz bass until one day he was given an Ibanez Soundgear bass. I think it was an SR300. He decided that he liked this bass better than his old Jazz and began to gig with it. After almost a year of gigging with the Ibanez, in the middle of a set it began to distort, and eventually completely crap out on him. They had to do the rest of the gig with no bass. The next day he told me what happened and that he decided that he was going to take it to a repair shop that night. When I asked him if he checked the battery, he said something like, "Battery? What battery? What would a bass guitar need a battery for?"

 

Needless to say he came in to work the next day very appreciative and a little embarassed.

 

I also worked with an attorney who had no idea that her tape recorder took batteries. When she brought it to me to fix a slow play back, I quickly replaced the batteries, tested it and handed it back to her. She looked stunned for a moment then asked me, "How did you know what to do?."

 

If couple of seasoned pros has no idea their tools took batteries, then you have no reason to consider yourself a spaz!

 

Print out this thread and take it with you when/if you confront that tech and/or his manager.

 

Welcome to the forum!

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I also worked with an attorney who had no idea that her tape recorder took batteries. When she brought it to me to fix a slow play back, I quickly replaced the batteries, tested it and handed it back to her. She looked stunned for a moment then asked me, "How did you know what to do?."
People are dumb. Thank God for that...they keep people like me in business! :D
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