Friday, 07 March 2008
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Most times I buy a bass, I try to find something close to what I'm looking for and then mod it to death. My Super J hasn't required nearly as many mods as usual for me, but I still had to tweak it a bit. First issue was that my high string kept popping out of the nut. I wasn't really happy with the break angle on the D and G strings, so I added a roller type string tree. Easy mod, and my high strings stay put now. My other mod was brought on by an accident. While out on tour, I made the mistake of reaching around the back of my rack and plugging my bass in without looking, and accidentally plugged it into the output of my amp. When I threw the standby, ZAP! No more sound from the preamp, and permanently ruined the sound of the pickups (for some reason the resistance on them went through the roof). Since I never use active pres, and usually gut every active bass I get, I figured now was the time to set the Super J up the way I like. Sheldon was kind enough to send me two new pickups (a regular neck pup and a MachII), and I wired them up straight to a three way toggle and then to the output. No knobs, no problem. Then I fashioned a new control plate out of ebony. It looks nice, and doesn't have any spare holes in it where knobs used to be. Pretty neat, methinks.
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P.S. I'm aware that my switch is slightly off center. Even though I started out with small bits and worked my way up in size to the 1/2" hole I needed, the bit drifted during my very last pass. Grr!! If only I had a drill press...
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Still looks nice and it's always good to have a bass that only has controls that YOU want! I'm surprised that you had a problem with the string break though. That's usually the kind of design implementation that is a non-issue on Dingwalls. Any thought on why it was a problem here but hasn't been on other Super-J's?
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I think it's because I have an early version. The break angle across the nut was pretty slight on the D and G strings, and the nut was cut in a V shape rather than the U shape I'm told they are using now.
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Ben - how do you control volume output with just a selector switch wired to the pickups? Interesting...
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Not for me, but I get it. You should get Sheldon to make you a control plate out of tort guard material. Mark
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[quote="Brim":v2g4z93e]Ben - how do you control volume output with just a selector switch wired to the pickups? Interesting...[/quote:v2g4z93e] I use my fingers... 8) I considered making a plate out of tortiseshell, but ultimately decided that it wouldn't look that good. I'm still not sure about the ebony - I think I might like a metal plate, but finding a machinist to make one off parts like that is really tough.
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Hi Ben, Since you gut all your actives, Do you have a spare OBP-3 that you want to part with? I want to add one to my AB1-5. THANKS Bob Melnik rockbobmel@yahoo.com
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[quote="Benjamin Strange":27nadvdh]...I'm still not sure about the ebony...[/quote:27nadvdh] IME slim (thin) wooden plates may crack if tightened a touch more (esp truss rod covers). You better stick to a metal plate. A metallurgist could make you a nice one to place there
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Not sure if the dimensions are right, but there are several companies on the internet selling blank control plates for jazz basses. They're imported and plenty cheap enough for an experiment. All you need is a drill to make the hole. Personally, I think a chrome plate would look the best. The ebony doesn't really do it for me, but that's just my opinion. By the way, a stepped drill bit is the best way to make a hole in thin stock (without a punch, that is).
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I'm not sure about the ebony either. I've decided that I don't care for how it looks on the bass - it makes the bass look a bit too "designery", and the chrome bridge looks lonely. I reinforced this plate with the leftover ebony. It's double thick in most places, and I soaked the back in superglue to stiffen it. It's not going to crack. Fookgub, where did you find these blank plates? I've looked around and couldn't find any.
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Rockbob, I already sold the OBP3. Sheldon and I agreed to destroy the rest of the circuit, as they spent a lot of time on it and didn't want it used for the purposes of evil.
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Thanks Ben.
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[quote="Benjamin Strange":2fsjwkl4][quote="Brim":2fsjwkl4]Ben - how do you control volume output with just a selector switch wired to the pickups? Interesting...[/quote:2fsjwkl4] I use my fingers... 8) I considered making a plate out of tortiseshell, but ultimately decided that it wouldn't look that good. I'm still not sure about the ebony - I think I might like a metal plate, but finding a machinist to make one off parts like that is really tough.[/quote:2fsjwkl4] Is that all?? hehe. No seriously...just use your amp master volume? Volume pedal? Curious is all...
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[quote="Benjamin Strange":302rx31u] Fookgub, where did you find these blank plates? I've looked around and couldn't find any.[/quote:302rx31u] Turns out I was thinking of Telecaster plates. I had a look through my list of suppliers (which is long), and none had blank jazz bass plates. Seems strange that they would have them for teles but not jazz basses. I read a rumor that blank jazz bass plates can be custom ordered from Allparts, but I don't know if this is true.
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[quote="Brim":vgm7evny][quote="Benjamin Strange":vgm7evny][quote="Brim":vgm7evny]Ben - how do you control volume output with just a selector switch wired to the pickups? Interesting...[/quote:vgm7evny] I use my fingers... 8) I considered making a plate out of tortiseshell, but ultimately decided that it wouldn't look that good. I'm still not sure about the ebony - I think I might like a metal plate, but finding a machinist to make one off parts like that is really tough.[/quote:vgm7evny] Is that all?? hehe. No seriously...just use your amp master volume? Volume pedal? Curious is all...[/quote:vgm7evny] Seriously - I use my fingers. It's amazing how much difference in volume and tone one can get from your hands when that's all that's available to you. I'm not even using any pedals currently, and I've never had need for a volume pedal.
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