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thunder ii bridge pickup

Post by kendow on Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:00 pm

hi guys i think my pickup on my thunder ii has passed away its a bridge one bass is 83 i think nice unit just pickup probs any help about spairs would be fantastic as i am new to the forum go easy on me lol Very Happy

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Re: thunder ii bridge pickup

Post by beavis on Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:43 am

Hello Kendow,

Welcome!

I am not the most knowledgeable one on here when it comes to electronics, far from it.
However, you must do several things first before ascertaining that the pickup is dead:
- post pics of your guitar (you will be able to do this in 2 days, or maybe someone here will help);
- double-check the wiring to make sure all the solders are still there and all;
- Spraying some electronics cleaner in the pots might help (maybe?);
- Testing the pup with a multimeter, if you have not already done so.

I hope I haven't forgotten anything. If so, surely someone will add to the list.

:bball:

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Re: thunder ii bridge pickup

Post by midhilis on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:30 pm

I've never heard of one of these pickups failing before, I'd check the pickup switch before suspecting the pickup. Can you get a reading of the pickup resistance from between the back of the relevant switch terminal and earth?

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Re: thunder ii bridge pickup

Post by Barry on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:36 pm

Yup, make sure you've done a thorough trouble shooting before trashing the pickup. These are worth keeping and difficult to replace.

Because of the age of these instruments, very often it's something simple causing problems. Pictures are needed as there are 3 different versions of this bass: LINK TO WEB SITE

Oh, and some punctuation would help too. Very hard to read your message properly. Wink

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Re: thunder ii bridge pickup

Post by Westbone on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:57 pm

I've had a "jazz bass" style pickup fail on a Thunder II. They're a stacked humbucker with PEQ controls.

Conked in with the inner windings corroded.

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Re: thunder ii bridge pickup

Post by midhilis on Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:09 pm

Is it an active or passive bass? (83 model could be either)

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