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Afternoon all;

 

I have a fairly new JTV-89F that has a D string that is much quieter than the other strings.  All the strings ring out clearly via the magnetic pickups, but the D string is considerably quieter than the rest through the piezo.  The problem exists whether I'm connected via the Line 6 digital interface cable or via a regular 1/4 inch jack.  I have verified the issue is also present on two different rigs.  Firstly on an old Marshall VS65R amp with no pedals, and also on my new Line 6 DT50 with an HD500.

 

I have tried changing the strings and reseating them several times without any sucess.  I have also upgraded to all the latest revisions of the Line 6 Monkey and all of the other associated software/firmware/drivers.  I believe doing so does the equivalent of a factory reset on the guitar. I found a settings box in the workbench software that appears to show the individual string gain, and they were all set to 0 dB too.  I can't imagine how the settings would have been anything other than the defaults, since I really haven't had a lot of time to dink around with this gear since I got it.

 

Any ideas what I can try to get my D string to normal?

 

Thanks.

 

 

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Three suggestions, to be tried in order:

1) Carefully inspect the D string piezo; blow/brush it to clear off what may be a small piece of dirt in the saddle area.

2) Use Workbench to increase the volume of the D string so that it matches the rest of the strings.

3) Take the JTV in for servicing to inspect a possibly faulty piezo or associated wiring on the D string.

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You haven't mentioned whether the difference is apparent when playing through the mag pickups. 

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Three suggestions, to be tried in order:

1) Carefully inspect the D string piezo; blow/brush it to clear off what may be a small piece of dirt in the saddle area.

2) Use Workbench to increase the volume of the D string so that it matches the rest of the strings.

3) Take the JTV in for servicing to inspect a possibly faulty piezo or associated wiring on the D string.

Thanks Silverhead.  I meant to remove the string again and blow it out last night but I got sidetracked.  Maybe tonight..

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You haven't mentioned whether the difference is apparent when playing through the mag pickups. 

No, the D string is at the same level as the other strings when using the magentic pickups.  Thanks.

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I figured that would be the case, but it's always good to eliminate mechanical issues.

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Three suggestions, to be tried in order:

1) Carefully inspect the D string piezo; blow/brush it to clear off what may be a small piece of dirt in the saddle area.

2) Use Workbench to increase the volume of the D string so that it matches the rest of the strings.

3) Take the JTV in for servicing to inspect a possibly faulty piezo or associated wiring on the D string.

BTW I just dug up my receipt and checked the warranty.  It turns out that I picked this up just before last Christmas (2013) and the warranty is good for 12 months on these things.  The bad news is that if I need one, there is no service center in this city.  There are several in a few po-dunk towns over 100 miles away though.  I hope a piece of crud gets dislodged when I blow it out, and I don't have to make a road trip for this.  It's tempting, but I probably shouldn't start replacing piezos myself while its still under warranty.

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