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 #104743  by warrenMFKNhaynes
 Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:30 pm
Whats up freaks and geeks! Hope you're all doing fine!

I just recently purchased a Takamine Acoustic/Electric for $500 at Guitar Center, and I could use some guitar wiz knowledge.

My problem is the two middle strings (D and G) are MUCH more quiet than all of the other strings when played through an amp.

I do have a low battery light flashing in my tuner/volume control area, but I thought that the battery was only needed for the tuner. I could be wrong

If that's not the problem, is there some tweaking I could do to to the electronics to fix this? Or should I bring it back to Guitar Center before my warranty runs out?

Your input will be greatly appreciated!
 #104744  by waldo041
 Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:54 pm
warrenMFKNhaynes wrote:I do have a low battery light flashing in my tuner/volume control area, but I thought that the battery was only needed for the tuner. I could be wrong
try the guitar with no battery, if your theory is correct you should still have the same results. but i got a feeling you'll get no strings through the amp without a battery meaning there is a preamp that is needed for the piezo pickup. a new battery is probably all you need, but if a fresh one has the same results, take it back.

peace,
waldo
 #104745  by warrenMFKNhaynes
 Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:22 pm
waldo041 wrote:
try the guitar with no battery, if your theory is correct you should still have the same results. but i got a feeling you'll get no strings through the amp without a battery meaning there is a preamp that is needed for the piezo pickup. a new battery is probably all you need, but if a fresh one has the same results, take it back.

peace,
waldo

Ok so the preamp is definitely battery powered. But I tried a fresher battery and I had the same problem. I'm going to get some fresh batteries tomorrow, so I guess I won't know until then.

thanks!
 #104747  by tcsned
 Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:22 am
Another possibility is that the bottom of the saddle is not perfectly flat and the piezo pickup is not making good contact with the saddle. You can pop the saddle out and put it on a flat surface to see if the bottom is touching all the way across. If not, then staple a piece of sandpaper to a wood block and sand it flat.
 #104756  by waldo041
 Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:27 am
i'd take that brand new guitar back to where you bought it and have them rectify the issue. if something were to happen to that saddle, or piezo, warranty null and void.

if it were a second hand purchase, then i would advise removing the saddle and ensuring that it rested properly on the piezo element.

peace,
waldo