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Posted by Tristan ( on August 26, 2002 at 23:45:22:

In Reply to: Dead pickup posted by DougyFish on August 26, 2002 at 17:48:42:

: I've got a Fender MB4 bass with a silent rear pickup. All the pots check out with a volt meter. I get 0 ohms across the front pickup but a little over 5 ohms over the rear pickup. Would that much resistance cause it not to work?

: Thanks,
: Doug

Yes, I'd say that difference in the readings means there is a short circuit in the rear p-u (if that's the case it's virtually irrepareable). However you should also check the consistency of the solder joins (you may have to remove the p-u cover if you haven't already), a dry joint will look rough, discoloured or like there's less solder on it than the other joins.

P.S. If you really like your bass it's a good excuse to install new pick ups. I recently put active EMG's in my bass and the improvement was better than I expected. Bartolini and Basslines also have great p-u's.

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