Saturday, 13 October 2012
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Hi all I have recently ordered an SJ4 with jazz pickups. Build time 6 months so I have some time to consider. I have just observed on Talkbass that someone else had ordered an SJ4 with push switches to allow each individual pickup to be swapped from series to parallel internally in addition to the stock pot which allows swapping between series/parallel [i:1ly9mdwd]between[/i:1ly9mdwd] the two pickups. Does anyone (and Sheldon, please) have a comment on the utility of this? On my single pickup SBMM Sterling I definitely enjoy the series and parallel switching options, which partly prompted this query. Thanks.
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I have an series/parallel switch for my bridge pu on my ABII. I think the utility would depend on your playing style (I don't use mine a whole lot) but if you like it on another bass, why not get it on your ordered bass? At least then you have options. Just my two cents.
9 years ago
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Individual series parallel is not an option on Super J's. We did it once on an SJ Custom which has a large enough cavity - just - to hold the extra switches. There is no room in the SJ Standard cavity.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":5dtrnu44]Individual series parallel is not an option on Super J's. We did it once on an SJ Custom which has a large enough cavity - just - to hold the extra switches. There is no room in the SJ Standard cavity.[/quote:5dtrnu44] Thanks Sheldon. Do you think it is a useful enough option on the SJ to consider amending the order? I assume there'd be a way to take out enough wood/rear route the controls for enough space, then do a drop top and still have a solid finish/pick guard/bell plate....?
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Without comparing drawings and meeting with the assemblers I can't confirm if it's do-able. I will say though that if it's not an easy fit, it would add substantially to your cost and wait time. In this case you're better off going with a Z model with the switches already built in.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":2s3qa7u2]Without comparing drawings and meeting with the assemblers I can't confirm if it's do-able. I will say though that if it's not an easy fit, it would add substantially to your cost and wait time. In this case you're better off going with a Z model with the switches already built in.[/quote:2s3qa7u2] Thanks for your opinion, Sheldon. It sounds difficult. I appreciate your suggestions. However, I prefer the 34.25"-32" scale lengths found on the SJ series as opposed to the longer scales on the Z series. I'd be willing to consider the extra cost if you guys thought that the options gained tonally were worthwhile. It does seem a useful option on other instruments. Given the space limitations, perhaps there are smaller switches that could be accessed only from inside the cavity? Or another solution I have not thought of?... Many thanks again for your time.
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I took a look at the drawings and realized that we run into a fixturing problem if we try to combine a top rout and a rear rout on the same body. So the options are Standard without individual S/P switches or Custom with push-buttons. We have lots of happy customers with the switches and without. I suggest posting this question to the forum members to get some real world feedback.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":3r9zv00s]I took a look at the drawings and realized that we run into a fixturing problem if we try to combine a top rout and a rear rout on the same body. So the options are Standard without individual S/P switches or Custom with push-buttons. We have lots of happy customers with the switches and without. I suggest posting this question to the forum members to get some real world feedback.[/quote:3r9zv00s] Thanks for your consideration, Sheldon. I will consider my options. I'll also ask other forumites - especially Z series owners - to chip in their thoughts...
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Another thought. Is it possible to have a Custom SJ body and have a bell plate not routed for from the front, but simply laid and and screwed in at the usual position? In much the same fashion as the pickguard. The body could be rear routed but appear cosmetically like a standard SJ with the bell plate. This would then permit the space for the switches in the larger Custom SJ rear routed cavity. What do you think?
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I looked over the drawings and that won't work either. If you want to go passive we could install push/pull pots on the volume and tone for individual S/P for the pickups.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":2uc635ui]I looked over the drawings and that won't work either. If you want to go passive we could install push/pull pots on the volume and tone for individual S/P for the pickups.[/quote:2uc635ui] No worries. Thanks for considering the suggestions. I'll stick to the active SJ I've got planned, but now I'll have to consider whether I go for a Custom SJ instead of the Standard I currently have on order to allow for the possibility of the individual switches. I'll have a think and get back to you guys or Mark at Bass Direct. Thanks once again for your input.
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Are series/parallel switches an option on Afterburners?
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I changed the pre amp on my SJ5 to an East J retro deluxe and I find the change amazing, a lot more options, check them out, I love the glock in the ABII but found it lacking in the SJ5, but that's just my opinion.
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[quote="funkle":e12yxgjy][quote="Sheldon Dingwall":e12yxgjy]I looked over the drawings and that won't work either. If you want to go passive we could install push/pull pots on the volume and tone for individual S/P for the pickups.[/quote:e12yxgjy] No worries. Thanks for considering the suggestions. I'll stick to the active SJ I've got planned, but now I'll have to consider whether I go for a Custom SJ instead of the Standard I currently have on order to allow for the possibility of the individual switches. I'll have a think and get back to you guys or Mark at Bass Direct. Thanks once again for your input.[/quote:e12yxgjy] Sheldon, I think I'll upgrade my order to a Custom SJ to get the switching options. I may contact Dingwall Sales directly and then speak to Mark at Bass Direct once I'm sure the details are correct. Thanks again.
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Sheldon what is the cost adder for the push/pull for the s/p pu's? What is the standard pick wiring? Is it neck/p and bridge/series? I just ordered a Custom SJ 5 and I was told it is not an option? I don't know if it would be worth the cost as I have had that option on a Prima and I found my setting that I liked with one of the p/u in series and one in parallel. Thus my question on the wiring on the standard. Sheldon I hope this isn't to confusing if so let me know and I'll re-phrase. Lol!
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I notice there are a couple of questions here that went un-answered. Regarding availability of Series Parallel switches: They are only available on Z-series and Prima Artists. They are not available on Afterburners, Super J Standards, Super J Customs or Combustions. We have done one SJ Custom with push button series/parallel switches. For internal reasons we are no longer willing to consider this as an option. It was and will remain a one-off.
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Sheldon just to confirm the Super J p/u's are bridge/series and neck/parraell is that correct?
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