I’m wondering if someone with an Ibanez SR500E or similar bass with Bartolini pickups could help me out a bit.
I have an Ibanez SR500EPB that came with Bartolini BH2 pickups. I’m trying to figure out if what I’m hearing is just the way that bass/combination sounds, or if something is wrong with MY bass/combination. The E string is very low, very throaty, and very… thumpy. It’s like someone’s thrown a hair tie just under the headstock, but only on that one string, or has one of those muting things you can put on your bass to make it sound all old school. The other strings are throaty, but they seem to have a lot more high-end than does the E string. It seems to be universal, across both pickups.
Even if I EQ down the bass (at the amp or on the bass) and up the mids and treble, the E string doesn’t seem to have the same mid/high end response as do the other strings. Here are the things I have already done in working on this problem:
- New strings.
- Set action.
- Checked and corrected intonation.
- Set pickup height (and tried all levels of low, high, and medium).
- Checked all electronics to insure there were no bad connections.
So, I’m kinda hoping that someone with either an Ibanez SR500E or similar bass with Bartolini BH2-like pickups would just record the open strings played in sequence and allowed to sustain out, and then maybe, like, an 0/3/5/7 run real quick. That way I can compare it against what I’m hearing. I would record what I’m hearing and post that, but I don’t have any quality way of recording at this time.
Anyway, I’d be very appreciative.
Thanks in advance.