Tuesday, 26 July 2011
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Loving my new Combustion 5. I'll never play a parallel fret 5 again. I would like, however, for it to sound more aggressive, with more grind like my Fender Jazzes. What's the fix? Pickups or strings or what? DaveJ
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You can get more sparkle by switching out the volume pots with either a 250K-500K master volume and a rotary pickup selector. The advantage of the rotary pickup selector is that you get the series combination which is much less polite but more in the humbucker territory than J-bass. A second option is to replace the 250K volume pots with 1 meg linear pots. This will brighten up the tone considerably and smooth out the taper quite a bit. A third option is to re-wire your neck pickup in series. Again this will take it more to the aggressive/fat side of things but is worth a try. A forth option is to swap out the pickups for FD3-4L's. These are the most aggressive sounding of all our pickups. This is the most expensive option but pretty worthwhile.
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I went with option 3, changed the neck pup to series, and love it. See previous thread, ( viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1363 ) I may try the 1 meg linear pots, as I too still desire more growl.
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Thanks for the quick answers. I'm going to go w/ the 1Megohm linear pots and the series bridge pup wiring. The B booster kit needs to go in also, so it's time for a trip to the tech. Thanks again for the advice. DaveJ
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The bridge pickup is pre-wired series, neck pickup parallel. You can re-wire the neck pickup in series for a more forceful tone.
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Yeah - neck pickup - that's what I meant...
11 years ago
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OK - an update. I brought it into the shop (crislerguitar.com here in Dallas) for a setup, new strings and the B booster installation. That got the tone I was after - just a little more snarl. Unfortunately, after playing about four sets, the strings are now dead. I do that to strings. That's why I'm a long term Elixir user. I'm on a mission to find a set of coated strings that will work on this bass. I will keep everybody updated. DaveJ
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":28ttdizg]You can get more sparkle by switching out the volume pots with either a 250K-500K master volume and a rotary pickup selector. The advantage of the rotary pickup selector is that you get the series combination which is much less polite but more in the humbucker territory than J-bass. A second option is to replace the 250K volume pots with 1 meg linear pots. This will brighten up the tone considerably and smooth out the taper quite a bit. A third option is to re-wire your neck pickup in series. Again this will take it more to the aggressive/fat side of things but is worth a try. A forth option is to swap out the pickups for FD3-4L's. These are the most aggressive sounding of all our pickups. This is the most expensive option but pretty worthwhile.[/quote:28ttdizg] Is it possible to order a new Combustion with any of these options in place, or must they all be done after-market?
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I've been talking with Dingwall Sales about ordering a Combustion direct from Dingwall and had some questions about alteration. So far they've been more than willing to accommodate. Be careful though because they add up pretty quick. Before I knew it, I was looking at sinking enough money into a Combustion as I almost could an ABZ.
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[quote="johnnydingle":2kbcz2hu]I've been talking with Dingwall Sales about ordering a Combustion direct from Dingwall and had some questions about alteration. So far they've been more than willing to accommodate. Be careful though because they add up pretty quick. Before I knew it, I was looking at sinking enough money into a Combustion as I almost could an ABZ.[/quote:2kbcz2hu] Thanks. So it looks like you CAN order the bass with the 4L pickups, for example, rather than swapping them out later.
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Yep $300 extra. I haven't decided if I'm going to do that or not. Lately I've been having the attitude of wanting to mod everything right out of the gate. I think with this, I'm going to try it stock first and if I don't like it get the pick ups later. Also, they still cost $300 so if you do it that way you get both sets of pick ups.
11 years ago
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plus labor plus shipping, surely?
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I think shipping was $125 to the US? There was also a $50 charge to do both pickups in series, but I can do that myself no problem.
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