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    New Musicman Sterling - Phantom coil has come away from main pickup

    Hi,

    I was wondering if anyone on this forum has had this experience.

    I ordered a brand new Musicman Sterling which arrived yesterday, serial number shows it to be a November 2020 build.

    As soon as i picked it up out of the case i could hear something had come loose inside of the bass. To cut a long story short i discovered that the phantom coil had come away from the bottom of the pickup and was hanging loose by the wires which were thankfully still attached.

    Looking at the photo's you can see the brown residue which i assume must be the glue, which has now hardened.

    I've contacted Strings & Things ( EBMM distributor here in the UK ) & who have emailed EBMM in the US to see what adhesive they use to see if there's a quick fix.

    Got to say i'm slightly disappointed with it being a new instrument.

    Are there any other Sterling owners out there who have experienced anything like this?

    Thanks Graham
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    For a temporary quick fix use a good blob of blue tack. That will keep it on the road safely for now

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    For a temporary quick fix use a good blob of blue tack. That will keep it on the road safely for now
    Cheers, i've actually secured it with some electricians tape for now, but blue tack sounds like a good idea. Obviously in the long run i would like a more permanent fix.

    I bought the bass from Thomann's, as it was the only left handed one i could get ( No stock, or potential stock coming into the UK ). I'd rather not send it back, with all the hassle that involves due to Brexit ( took over 3 weeks to get to me ) and they can't send me a replacement as they have no other stock. This was the only one they had on back order.

    If it's a relatively easy fix, i'd rather keep the bass.

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    Oh man! That kinda sucks. Definitely was glued on at one point. Guess it some how came off. Hopefully they can give you a good recommendation to stick it back on. I also wouldn't want to return it, given how hard they are to come by.

    Also because it's pearl blue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    Oh man! That kinda sucks. Definitely was glued on at one point. Guess it some how came off. Hopefully they can give you a good recommendation to stick it back on. I also wouldn't want to return it, given how hard they are to come by.

    Also because it's pearl blue.
    Cheers mate, hopefully they'll come up with a fix. It must been some type of glue they use, hence the brown residue.

    Not sure why it's come unstuck to be honest. When i got it there was no apparent damage to the the boxes or case. Looking at it, there appears to be more glue on one side than the other, so perhaps it wasn't as strong as it should have been, coupled with it being in transit with the courier for over three weeks which probably hasn't helped.

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    I had an email from Strings & Things this morning. They have had a reply from EBMM USA saying that they're just going to send a new pickup out.

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    Result!

    I’d at a guess say it’s hot glue, glue gun glue style that’s originally used, strong (not strong enough in this case) with a bit of flex in it to absorb.

    Handy having a spare pup anyways

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005.LE
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    Bongo 5HH. Firemist Purple. 2019
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

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