Monday, 18 February 2008
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Hi Sheldon, I tried getting using an Aguilar outboard pre and it did not help. I am looking to get more hi-mids to cut through live. My Ampeg V-4 (Home amp), I have to boost the mid to 3:00 and all else is 12:00. Can I swap out any of the control caps to bet better Hi-mids? Thanks Bob Melnik
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Hi Bob, forgive me for chiming in (obviously Sheldon is your best resource) but your issue sounded a little odd to me. I have an AB1 5 and its anything but lacking in high mids, have you examined anything else such as, what type of strings are you using, how old are they, have you tried playing through a different amp (maybe your amp is not functioning properly). Ampegs are usually all about the mids so I am surprised you need to add the EQ you described (I play with my amp EQ bypassed for finger style and have to roll back the tone knob about 50% to tame the high mids). Anyhow just thought I would toss in my 10 cents, if there is anything else I can do to help please fire away and I hope you find the solution soon. Regards Nic
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Thanks Nick, I have tried all that. New strings. See, I have a Spector and a jazz bass without that problem. I can't even use the blue cube because it takes all the definition out completely. The bass sounds perfect unplugged acoustically, and with a pick. My fingers aren't great, but the other basses are fine with my fingers. It is the soft maple with a flame cap, and a maple w/wenge board neck.
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Hi Bob Sounds like your AB1 is the same spec as mine, what is the serial #? (just out of curiosity). I did have 1 problem with mine, the PU selector switch started to malfunction, it got very noisy and sometimes didnt connect at all, the one thing I did notice when I changed it was the the output increased and the definition improved, the other thing I noticed was that the replacement that Sheldon sent seemed to be of better quality than the original. Perhaps it, or one of the other pots, is causing you trouble................I will be interested to see what Sheldon thinks N
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Mine is # 3583, no problems with the selector. Maybe the tone pot is bad? It was always like this. If I am playing with a tube amp at lower volumes, it's fine but in a high volume situation with my GK amps, I need more definition. It's not the amp, I'm sure.
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I have to keep my ABI treble rolled off about 50% also, even more with new strings. Mark
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Hi Bob, I've never run into this complaint before so I'm going to throw out some guesses. Firstly the cap on the tone only affects the highs when the tone knob is rolled down. With the tone knob at 10, the cap is basically not doing anything. You've got FD-3 pickups in your bass so your experience will be different than those with FD-1's. I'm guessing since you're missing upper mids, you're using position #2 on the pickup selector meaning the pickups are in parallel. This is a great tone for slap, but not so great for fingerstyle. You'll get much better definition soloing either the neck or bridge pickup. The series setting could be tried too, but if you're lacking high-mids, I don't think it will help too much. I assume you're plugging it into the passive input on your amp. It may be that you'll need to adjust your amp EQ differently for the ABI. What are your current EQ settings? Write down your old settings, set the amp to flat and try dialing in what it needs. You could even try adjusting the amp so that you get the slap/pick tone you want with the bluEQube engaged, then see what kind of fingerstyle tone you get with the bluEQube kicked out.
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