Friday, 13 July 2007
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Hello Sheldon! Is it possible to place an extra (3rd) pickup on a Afterburner 1 between the neck- and brigde pickup? And can i also order just one FD3? On bestbassgear.com they sell only a setfor a five string... Greetings, Erwin
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Hi Erwin, It would be possible. How would you handle the switching?
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Well, i want to combine it with a John East active pre-amp. I've send an email to them. So i hope i'll get a response today... Greetings, Erwin
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John East is a very nice guy and very helpful too. I had the pleasure to ask him for a custom preamp for my R-Bass and it turned out evrything I asked for (the previous preamp was a John East too). When he knows what you are looking for, he can do it
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Erwin- Sounds like a cool idea, kinda like one of those Stu Hamm Urge basses, w/ p'ups in the "P" and "J" positions. I'll be interested to see what Mr East comes up w/. I have a custom East pre-amp in my SuperJ prototype. What sheldon did is to wire in a toggle switch that allowed J only, P only, or both. Are you going to drill out the p'up hole your self? gulp
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Maybe three volume knobs and a series/parallel switch if you also use series...
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[quote="FrankM":1wwjzvyg]Erwin- Sounds like a cool idea, kinda like one of those Stu Hamm Urge basses, w/ p'ups in the "P" and "J" positions. I'll be interested to see what Mr East comes up w/. I have a custom East pre-amp in my SuperJ prototype. What sheldon did is to wire in a toggle switch that allowed J only, P only, or both. Are you going to drill out the p'up hole your self? gulp[/quote:1wwjzvyg] I think i do. On my education, i work a lot with milling machines. So that wont be a problem. I also mill two holes for the 2 batteries from the PreAmp and one for the LED's. And it will save a lot of money! John Eas is super, but a bit expensive to me... Greetings, Erwin
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Erwin, a couple of wiring options would be: 1. add a separate volume for the middle pickup. It could be blended in with any of the switch combinations. 2. use a 5-way switch strat style. You lose the series tones unless you're very creative with wiring. In my experience, a 3rd pickup is cool, but doesn't offer as much tone variance as an eq. Doesn't John make a modular system where you could start with a bass/treble module then add a sweepable mid. I agree that his stuff is pricy, but it's really well made and worth the expense IMO.
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Erwin, you may ask John East to have all pots, switches and stuff wired, so you only need to soldier the pickups and place the pots through the holes. That's what I've done with my R-Bass preamp. The soldering and the placing of all the pots and switches took 10min so I highly recomend this approach. It rises the cost but it is worth every penny really.
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Erwin, you may ask John East to have all pots, switches and stuff wired, so you only need to soldier the pickups and place the pots through the holes. That's what I've done with my R-Bass preamp. The soldering and the placing of all the pots and switches took 10min so I highly recomend this approach. It rises the cost but it is worth every penny really.
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Did somebody say John East preamp and Dingwall?
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Why? What's wrong with the stock AB-II preamp?
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I would love the ability to adjust the mids on my ABII-5's. Amodeo, how are your knobs configured? It looks like you can adjust 8 different things from the knobs alone. 8)
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Nothing wrong with the Aguilar preamp. After playing it stock for a year as my main gigging axe, I really missed the sweepable mid. Most of my other basses have J/U-Retro preamps, and I have gotten used to being able to dial in some mid-range accentuation on-board. The Aguilar preamp, with just bass and treble boost, did not allow that. John East put together a custom job for me, with two sweepable mids. I had him use the same switches that Sheldon uses, which I like better than the ones that he usually uses. The controls are (left to right, and inner and outer): volume and blend treble boost/cut and bass boost (pull out for bright) mid boost/cut and frequency (100-1k) mid boost/cut and frequency (150-3k) The two switches are pickup selector and active/passive. In active mode, the pickup selector selects either the blend knob mix or both pickups together (passively loading each other). In passive mode, the selector (which is a 3-way) selects either pickup or both.
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Funk- Frank #2 gave you his layout, its a bit different than a stock East pre the East preamps have similar layouts. (http://www.east-uk.com/jrhome.htm) Heres whats on my SuperJ -- top knob (concentric) knob closes to neck-Vol (balance), treble (bass), Mids (frequency of mid) -knob closet to bridge- passive tone Treble is boost/cut, bass is boost only The switches are either active/passive, or pickup selector, or bluEQube Its incredibly versatile, but I'm mixed on it. I dig the flexibility and musicality of the pre, but I have 3 dings against it, 1)- its been difficult for me to duplicate a number of great tones once i find them, becuase the knobs move freely. So its not like 1 click on this knob and 2 clicks on this one, etc. 2) the knobs interact too much, boosting bass or treble seems to influence mids, or vice versa, and 3) to my ears, the pre is very middy. I know you'd prefer to be able to dial out stuff, because its hard to dial in tone, but my SuperJ is way mid sounding. Ed friedland got to play it and said, you can always dial out what you don't want- hes got a point. Just figured I'd give another opinion frank
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[quote="amodeo@mitre.org":2vi9bevv]Nothing wrong with the Aguilar preamp. After playing it stock for a year as my main gigging axe, I really missed the sweepable mid. Most of my other basses have J/U-Retro preamps, and I have gotten used to being able to dial in some mid-range accentuation on-board. The Aguilar preamp, with just bass and treble boost, did not allow that. John East put together a custom job for me, with two sweepable mids. I had him use the same switches that Sheldon uses, which I like better than the ones that he usually uses. The controls are (left to right, and inner and outer): volume and blend treble boost/cut and bass boost (pull out for bright) mid boost/cut and frequency (100-1k) mid boost/cut and frequency (150-3k) The two switches are pickup selector and active/passive. In active mode, the pickup selector selects either the blend knob mix or both pickups together (passively loading each other). In passive mode, the selector (which is a 3-way) selects either pickup or both.[/quote:2vi9bevv] With this setup does the BluEQube switch still function (or does it become obselete)? Very interesting.
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In modifying the stock setup, the two features that I lost were the BluEqube and the two pickups in series. To be honest, the BluEqube gives an interesting sound, but I would only use it for slapping, and do not really do much of that. I find that for slapping, cutting the mids and pulling on the bright switch on the East preamp gives a very nice slap sound.
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