A string way louder? (brand new to this so be kind)

@mschubert2 you could try using a small Phillips head screwdriver. Turn the screw indicated by the red arrow clockwise. This will move the pickup closer to the body of the bass and away from the A string. The further the pickup is away from the string the quieter it will be; if it makes it better good, if not undo what you did.


Fear not. This is a safe place and you’re among friends. Ask anything and the group will help you arrive at a solution. Everyone is a beginner at the beginning.


Could ALSO be that the E,D, and G strings are too FAR from the pickups . . . :thinking:

In that case you’d want to raise the pickups under those strings.


A-hah! Yes, that could be the problem as well. I think it’s important to get all strings at an even volume. Then you can decide if you think all strings are too loud or not loud enough, and adjust the pickup(s) accordingly.

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Here is mine what do you think


Has it been properly set up?
This (btw) does not happen generally when you buy a new bass from a big box store or Sweetwater.
There are several steps in setting up a bass properly.
It is not hard, but takes patience and a bit of learning.
Could be the pickup height, could be the string height.
String hieght, truss rod adjustment, intonation adjustment are all related and should be done correctly otherwise one thing may throw the other off.
It sounds scary but I promise you it isn’t.

I think you mentioned it is fairly new, which tells me it might need its first setup.

Here is a good thread listing a few different methods (no one method is THE method btw)



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Split P style pickups are often angled from the factory to match the curve of the strings. I agree adjusting the screw seems to be in order. Been there, both as a beginner and as a victim of this particular issue. All part of the process.

Ask anything you like, we’re a friendly bunch around here.

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@mschubert2 Are you doing the B2B course?

Also make sure you drop in to the Introduce Yourself topic.
Here is a link.

Have fun on the journey. :+1:

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A resounding recommendation for a pro setup, especially if you are brand new to the bass.

As others have said, doing a DIY setup isn’t all that difficult, but you do need to know what you’re doing first.

There are lots of great videos out there created by longtime pros, but you need to study, learn and practice in order to do it well and with confidence. Hmmm, sounds like something else that requires study, learning and practice. If only there were a beginner to badass resource out there… :wink:

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So a bass isn’t really just a thing you play. There are some processes to ready them for play, and some minor maintenance stuff. All of these guys are on point.
If you don’t feel comfortable with doing this stuff, maybe go to a luthier or your local music resource store? Typically a professional setup isn’t terribly expensive. And it puts the bass into a very playable state.
Being a beginner is hard enough. Playing on an instrument that isn’t functioning correctly makes it harder.

A lot of techs will set action specifically for you, primarily for strength of attack.
They will also do intonation settings so your instrument is in tune with itself.

So if you’re good with minor maintenance, there are a lot of resources online. If you got a small fee handy, a pro setup may be a really good start to learning to play.
Best of luck!

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Yes I am doing the B2B. Course


I’ve decided to get a professional setup, it would drive me crazy not knowing it was set up properly. Hopefully I will be Able to watch and learn


Good answer on dropping that cash. Josh gonna have you vibrating the walls down.

Another good answer! You, sir are on a roll! Believe me, for the minimal layout of funds it’s totally worth it to get a setup. I think you’ll find it was the right choice.

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Fantastic decision! I hope you can get the chance to watch and ask questions.

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Fantastic. You’re gonna love it.

Try not to overthink things and above all have Fun :+1: :+1: :+1:

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Another great choice.
Just make sure the luthier knows what you expect of the setup.

There are a lot of threads in this forum re doing your own setup.
I suggest you take a look at them when you are ready.
Just a thought.

You are already on your way to success in playing the Bass, just watch out for the rabbit holes that can distract you from practicing because practicing is the main key to learning to play the Bass. All you need is the Bass, Amp of some description, and lots of time. There is time enough for lots of the side adventures once you are finished the course. All the fundamentals you need are included in the B2B course. IMHO

Oh, and a word of advice on the course, when you get to the lesson on Billie Jean just go through it and if you can’t do even the slow workout, guess what, we’ve all been there. She is a bitch. Just move on, but keep coming back and trying it every now and again. You’ll get it in the end. :slightly_smiling_face:

Let us know how you make out with your setup and Good Luck. :+1: :+1: :+1:


I would like to second this. There’s lots of rabbit holes in this hobby, I’m as guilty as the next guy in chasing down them, but you have a bass, and an amp. Your sound will benefit more from practice than any piece of gear. Don’t chase the tone rabbit until you’re ready. Just my 2 cents.


These guys are on point. They give good advice. Fundamentals. All of the building blocks to being a well versed player are here.

And they didn’t cost a ton.

There is a chance that you are the next les claypool, or Victor wooten ( add incredible bass players ad infinitum here) but the basic principles taught here are where that starts…

Good luck on your journey. And Billie Jean isn’t just a meanie, she’ll also learn you something

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