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John Cribbin

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  1. Any chance of some photos of the wiring, that might reveal something.
  2. A couple of years ago I picked up an Ibanez where the nut was slightly rounded, but would not move. Not wanting to risk rounding the nut further, I gave it the smallest squirt of PlusGas, best penetrating oil I've come across. Next morning, one easily adjustable truss rod. Give yourself every edge for a good result.
  3. I have seen where people have knocked a torx bit into the screwed up hole and then screwed the offending nut out. Not tried it myself, but it's apparently worked for some. Worst case scenario, put higher tension strings back on and play away ...
  4. Didn't think anything was checked anymore when bought online? The last two guitars I've bought online a Fender and an Ibanez, from two different suppliers, were in factory packaging that had clearly never been touched since leaving the factories. Sounds like it could be as simple as a loose bridge earth wire. Of course if you open it up and try and resolve, you run the risk of voiding the warranty. I'd be sending it back just to be on the safe side.
  5. Whatever you do, don't try and stain it. Stain works by soaking into the wood. That wood has previously been finished, so unless you sand down to the point where all the finish has been removed from the wood, you're going to end up with an uneven blotchy finish where the stain penetrates differently from area to area. The top is almost certainly ply, so you're likely to sand through at least the top layer of ply before you remove the finish. If you want to keep the grain, I'd opt to spray a topcoat the colour you want.
  6. OK, I like to work on the KISS principal, the simplest solution is often the right one ... Have you tried a different cable, just in case the one your using isn't connecting fully with the socket on the new harness. With the lead in and the volumes up full do you hear any clicks through the amp when you tap the pickups? Try all the knobs and switches. If you hear nothing at any point with a fresh battery, then something is dead somewhere ... Other than a failure of the active unit, the most likely problem is a bad connection or a faulty jack socket. Do a close visual check and look for a loose wire. On an active bass, the jack socket will have three connectors. One will connect the tip of the jack plug, the other two connect to the barrel of the jack plug, it's that connection which connects the battery and powers the circuit when the lead is plugged in. If you short those two connections, you may be able to power the circuit if the socket is faulty. Photos would help, sometimes the problem can be seen rather than heard. A multimeter is a great piece of kit for this kind of stuff. You can easily pick up one on Ebay for less than a tenner these days. I've got one at least twenty five years old, sometimes I may not use it for a few years at a time, but every time I do it pays for itself. Good luck.
  7. This may sound a bit stupid, but have you tried a fresh battery?
  8. Have a close look at the terminals when the socket is in situ. Is there anything touching that could cause a short?
  9. OK try this ... It's a matter of substitution .... The Delano chart lists what colour wire does what. Google the Bart wiring chart, now you can identify what colour wire does what in each brand. Personally, I would then draw a basic chart of the switch / connection points. So for example, if the Bart says hot is Blue and connects to the second terminal and the Delano hot is Red, mark that connection point Red on the chart and work your way around until you have identified where all the new wires go. Double check everything before you unsolder the existing pickups. I'd remove and replace one pickup at a time just to help prevent any confusion / mistakes.
  10. Here you go: https://www.delano.de/downloads/installation_guide.pdf
  11. Back in the day, before there was an expensive product for everything. It was common to drop stuff in a container of cola (full fat, not that so called healthy stuff) to disolve all kinds of crud. That's when we learnt what it did to your stomach ....
  12. Well what do you consider vintage and what do you have? It seems to be generally accepted that a refinished vintage Fender will lose 40-50% of value due to a refin. If you have a valuable bass, you may respray thousands of pounds off the value ....
  13. I've used Axecaster and North West Guitars for parts, both directly and through Ebay. Good service from both in my experience. Just remember, Asian and US pots have a different number of splines and diameter. So you may need to buy matching knobs as well ....
  14. Welcome to the forum. Can you open it up and try to see the module number for the active unit, should be printed on the PCB. Ibanez have a tendency to use the same module in dozens of models over numerous years. It's probably easier to find the wiring for the active unit rather than the model.
  15. In the words of Tom Jones, it's not unusual to see a MIM with flakey paint, ba daba daba da. Sometimes, the paint hasn't adhered properly to the wood and flakes away. Unless it's impact damage, there's a good chance the wood is perfect underneath. Saw a guy online somwhere with a MIM Telecaster with a similar issue. He pretty much stripped the body just by working a scraper under the paint and removing it in chunks.
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