Electric bass suddenly not transmitting any output?



Asked by: Tina Cheaney

Why is my bass not making any sound?





The output jack connection (where you plug the lead into the bass) is notorious for coming loose. This could mean you hear nothing or you may occasionally hear something but it keeps cutting in and out. Whilst the cable is plugged in and the amp is on. Try moving the cable jack around inside the guitar.

How do you fix an electric bass?

There we're broke off it kind of broke. Off. Right at the joint. So stripping a little bit off the wire just so I can have a good clean connection.

How do you fix the output jack on a bass guitar?

Best part about having cheap stuff is you don't care so much about you know your screwdriver slipping and scratching it a little bit. Or this mess the reason why our guitar like this has a stereo jack

Do active basses work without a battery?

If your bass has an option to bypass the pre-amp and play in passive mode then you will still be able to play. However, it will sound different and you won’t be able to use the EQ controls on the bass itself. If your bass is only active and has no passive switch it will not work when it has no battery.

Why did my subs stop working all of a sudden?





Short Circuit. The most common cause of speaker failure is short-circuiting. A short circuit in the wires providing the signal will prevent the signal from ever reaching the subwoofer. A short circuit at the terminals on the subwoofer will also prevent electrical current and signal from reaching the subwoofer.

How do you test a powered subwoofer?

Right here so that is a quick test if you do not have your tuner hooked up for your radio. Just plug in your cables. To the back of the subwoofer.

How do I clean my bass input jack?

A little spray with deoxit. And then insert and rotate just a couple times to make sure that you're cleaning up any of those connection.

How do you rewire an electric bass?

Without that when it's all plugged in your circuits not ground that even though we've grounded everything here you need to connect all this to the main ground.

Why do basses have batteries?

In an active bass, the additional power the battery provides means you can boost the signal – either of particular frequencies or across the board. You can augment the low frequencies, or the treble, or even the mid-tones, all directly from your bass guitar.



How long do active basses last?

Depending on the bass and how much you play, batteries may last from 6 weeks to a year. Always remember to unplug active basses when not in use to avoid draining the battery. Active pickups have a hotter (louder) output than passive pickups. There is less signal loss on the way to the bass amp.

Do I plug my bass into active or passive?

Plugging the active bass into the passive input should be fine, but only as long as you don’t crank the levels onboard the bass. If you dime the bass’ preamp into the passive amp jack, depending on what amp it is, you could damage the amps input.

How do you tell if a bass is passive or active?

Flip the bass guitar over to the back and look at the cover plates.



  1. If the bass has batteries under the small plate then you have an active bass guitar with active pre amp.
  2. If the bass does not have a plate with batteries then it is a passive bass guitar with no preamp.


Why is my subwoofer getting power but not working?

Step 1: Make sure that the amplifier is properly plugged in, and the power indicator is on. Step 2: Check if all the inputs to the amplifier are correct and tightly plugged in. Moreover, inspect the RAC cables if they are connected properly. Step 3: Every amplifier has certain voltage requirements.

How can you tell if an amp is blown?

You can usually tell if it's blown because the piece in the middle is gonna be split apart if this fuse is blown it means either there's a problem back by the amplifier.

How do you tell if your subs are blown?

So that you make sure that you're not off access when you're pushing it up and down. And you want to notice if you hear any scratching noises or. If it won't move.



Is it worth repairing a subwoofer?

A: The short answer to your question is no, the repair is likely not worth it. The price/performance ratio of subwoofers has improved considerably in the last decade, so finding a subwoofer that matches or beats the AS 20’s specifications—8″ driver, 60 watts RMS, 33 Hz to 140 Hz frequency response—is not too tough.

Can a blown subwoofer be fixed?

Yes, you can fix a blown subwoofer especially when it is partially blown sub damaged cone. However, a damaged voice coil will be difficult to replace. Depending on the extent of the problem, the best solution is to purchase a new subwoofer.

How do I know if my voice coil is blown?

Blown Speaker Symptoms



What is this? Distortion at Normal Volumes – If even at moderate volumes you hear hiss, static, and fuzz, then you have one of two problems on your hands. You either have loose or damaged voice coils or you have a torn cone. If you turn up the volume the problem should get worse.

How do you troubleshoot a subwoofer?

First things first do at least a quick check on your amplifier. I looked even make sure your power lights on. This is a real thing we've had people.



What would cause a speaker to stop working?

Repair, replace, or connect any electrical wires.



According to Techwalla, wires are often the sole cause of no sound. Your speakers might drop or become crackly if there are loose connections, but disconnected wires won’t be able to produce any noise. Check all of them to ensure they’re plugged in snugly.