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can somebody tell me what the controls on the ABII are?
I guess there is a volume pot, pots for bass and treble and a pickup selector.
but is the pickup selector the same as on the AB I? and what do the two toggle switches do?

thanks a lot!
stefan
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On a right-handed ABII, when looking down at the controls, from left to right, the pots are volume control, pickup selector, bass boost and treble boost. The left toggle switch is the Blue EQube (mid-cut) and the right switch is active/passive.

Cheers,

EG
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thank you evilgus!
so I guess that the pickup selektor is the same as the one of the AB 1.
It
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Yes, I believe the selector works exactly the same way as on the ABI. My ABII is a slightly older one with mahogany body and bubinga top, the colours of the two woods aren't that much different in most lighting conditions. I've never heard a later ABII up close, so not sure how much different they sound.

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I noticed that on some ABIIs there are 4 knobs. On others (or at least from what I've seen the Arbutus Burl topped ones), there are 4 knobs and two switches. Can anyone tell me the difference? Thought I read somewhere here that the switches were for frequency control?
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[quote="NaH":x15c3mhe]I noticed that on some ABIIs there are 4 knobs. On others (or at least from what I've seen the Arbutus Burl topped ones), there are 4 knobs and two switches. Can anyone tell me the difference? Thought I read somewhere here that the switches were for frequency control?[/quote:x15c3mhe]

The 4 knob 2 switch is the Aguilar pre, BluEQube slap switch, which I think Sheldon should consider bring back, active on/off.

The 4 knob only is the Glock pre with pull vol passive.
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[quote="Funkshwey":3d50gcyn]The 4 knob 2 switch is the Aguilar pre, BluEQube slap switch, which I think Sheldon should consider bring back, active on/off.

The 4 knob only is the Glock pre with pull vol passive.[/quote:3d50gcyn]

Ditto. I saved my DW harness with BluEQube from my ABII just because I love BluEQube so much. I figure someday I'll throw those electronics in a Combustion.

OTOH, I understand why Sheldon got rid of it. It removed volume and removed clarity in the upper mids and highs - not a good combination. Having an FD-3/Mach II switch for the neck pickup gives you a similar tone by increasing the lows and low mids, but also increases volume - and that helps make up for the lack of clarity IMO. Basically, as far as a "slap mode" the pickup switch works better, but for the "my bass is like butter melting all over the stage" tone, the BluEQube is pretty sweet. :)

There's also the cost factor. A $10 switch with the pickups made in-house, or an entirely separate and outside manufactured unit. Obviously the new way saves cost. :?
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I don't have much experience with the Aguilar Pre, but I really enjoy the Glockenklang Pre alot! Very solid with endless tone shaping capabilities.
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We still have stock of bluEQube circuits. We may put them up on the upcoming webstore if there's an interest in them.
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