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Can someone tell me what the 3 switches you see on some Prima or Z1 do?
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[quote="Felm":qryk6sdk]Can someone tell me what the 3 switches you see on some Prima or Z1 do?[/quote:qryk6sdk] The switches were for bluEQube, mid frequency, active/passive. We've just made the switch to regular/mach II for neck, regular/mach II for bridge, active/passive.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":p40rdzgp][quote="Felm":p40rdzgp]Can someone tell me what the 3 switches you see on some Prima or Z1 do?[/quote:p40rdzgp] The switches were for bluEQube, mid frequency, active/passive. We've just made the switch to regular/mach II for neck, regular/mach II for bridge, active/passive.[/quote:p40rdzgp] Huh? :? :?: Mark
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[quote="guitarded":1jyttk6f][quote="Sheldon Dingwall":1jyttk6f][quote="Felm":1jyttk6f]Can someone tell me what the 3 switches you see on some Prima or Z1 do?[/quote:1jyttk6f] The switches were for bluEQube, mid frequency, active/passive. We've just made the switch to regular/mach II for neck, regular/mach II for bridge, active/passive.[/quote:1jyttk6f] Huh? :? :?: Mark[/quote:1jyttk6f] regular? mach II? Sorry, I am kind of new....
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":2s6vxqb7][quote="Felm":2s6vxqb7]Can someone tell me what the 3 switches you see on some Prima or Z1 do?[/quote:2s6vxqb7] The switches were for bluEQube, mid frequency, active/passive. We've just made the switch to regular/mach II for neck, regular/mach II for bridge, active/passive.[/quote:2s6vxqb7] Sheldon...so you're ditching the bluEQube on the Primas & Z1? How do you control the mid-frequencies then? Curious.
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[quote="Felm":2i08vn2k][quote="guitarded":2i08vn2k][quote="Sheldon Dingwall":2i08vn2k][quote="Felm":2i08vn2k]Can someone tell me what the 3 switches you see on some Prima or Z1 do?[/quote:2i08vn2k] The switches were for bluEQube, mid frequency, active/passive. We've just made the switch to regular/mach II for neck, regular/mach II for bridge, active/passive.[/quote:2i08vn2k] Huh? :? :?: Mark[/quote:2i08vn2k] regular? mach II? Sorry, I am kind of new....[/quote:2i08vn2k] [url:2i08vn2k]http://www.dingwallguitars.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=687[/url:2i08vn2k] Third post down, Sheldon explains :)
14 years ago
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Shedon, How does the Mach II compare to the Prima Artist pups? Is there any reason to be thinking upgrade to my new Prima Artist? I see the SN imprint on the back of the peghead but I can't read it. Can you tell me what the SN is? Thank you. David
14 years ago
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Yeah that explains the Mach II pickup itself (I think most of us have seen that thread). Still unexplained are: 1) Are new basses using the Mach II in both neck and bridge positions? I believe that Sheldon replied in another thread that he was planning on using the Mach II in just the bridge position. However his post above would indicate otherwise. 2) Will one still be able to switch the mid-boost frequency of the Aguilar OBP-3 preamp between 400Hz and 800 Hz? 3) Is the Blu-EQube function no longer included? I think it is safe to say that many of us are anxiously awaiting Sheldon's checking back in here and clarifying. He's either just started or is about to start on my new Z1, so I'm particularly interested.
14 years ago
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Sorry for the confusion. The mid frequency switch will be moved to a push/pull switch on the mid knob. A Mach II bridge/regular neck combination cuts almost the same mid frequencies as the bluEQube making it somewhat redundant. We're interested in providing more options rather than more overlap so the bluEQube is out and more Mach II options are in. On SJ's ABI and II's the Mach II bridge is now standard and the bluEQube is being phased out. On Z series and Prima Artists we are wiring both the neck and bridge for regular and Mach II options. If you'd prefer the old style we can accommodate. If you have a 2007 model Z or P we can supply a retrofit package. 2006 and older models require new pickups.
14 years ago
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hmmm...thanks for clearing that up Sheldon. Makes me wonder if when I decide to upgrade my AB-II to the hybrid treble knob (if I ever decide) to go ahead and get the pickup upgrading to a MachII? Lots of choices now for us with older Dingwalls. Cool.
14 years ago
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Sheldon, What is the cost to upgrade my 2007 Prima Artist to the new Mach II's? Do you recomend upgrading both pups? Is it something I could do or does it need a luthier?
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Wow, this is all very interesting! I assume these changes will be spec'ed into my Z1 once it starts being worked on? What will the end control layout be, considering that the original spec was for an OBP-1 rather than the OBP-3?
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":1s51b38u]Sorry for the confusion. The mid frequency switch will be moved to a push/pull switch on the mid knob. A Mach II bridge/regular neck combination cuts almost the same mid frequencies as the bluEQube making it somewhat redundant. We're interested in providing more options rather than more overlap so the bluEQube is out and more Mach II options are in. On SJ's ABI and II's the Mach II bridge is now standard and the bluEQube is being phased out. On Z series and Prima Artists we are wiring both the neck and bridge for regular and Mach II options. If you'd prefer the old style we can accommodate. If you have a 2007 model Z or P we can supply a retrofit package. 2006 and older models require new pickups.[/quote:1s51b38u] Sheldon, this has confused me. In August, you posted this: [quote="Sheldon Dingwall":1s51b38u]The Mach II is a hotter version of the FD-3. It's meant for bridge placement. It has a hotter output with punchier, more present lower-mids. We were finding that our favorite bridge pickup tone required a touch of bass boost. We figured why not just build that into the pickup. The increased output makes the bridge about 3 db hotter than the neck. Since the neck already has a more bass heavy tone and due to placement is more sensitive to playing dynamics we feel that this relationship is spot on. The change in tone for the series and parallel settings is positive too. Both settings should cut through the mix slightly better now.[/quote:1s51b38u] So, what do the Mach II do? Cut mids or boost them? Also, it seems strange to go with a setup that sounds like the blueqube, as in relevant discussions I think dingwall users rarely use it, and I can't recall anyone having it engaged all the time.
14 years ago
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[quote="Dragonlord":2ru1mntf][quote="Sheldon Dingwall":2ru1mntf]Sorry for the confusion. The mid frequency switch will be moved to a push/pull switch on the mid knob. A Mach II bridge/regular neck combination cuts almost the same mid frequencies as the bluEQube making it somewhat redundant. We're interested in providing more options rather than more overlap so the bluEQube is out and more Mach II options are in. On SJ's ABI and II's the Mach II bridge is now standard and the bluEQube is being phased out. On Z series and Prima Artists we are wiring both the neck and bridge for regular and Mach II options. If you'd prefer the old style we can accommodate. If you have a 2007 model Z or P we can supply a retrofit package. 2006 and older models require new pickups.[/quote:2ru1mntf] Sheldon, this has confused me. In August, you posted this: [quote="Sheldon Dingwall":2ru1mntf]The Mach II is a hotter version of the FD-3. It's meant for bridge placement. It has a hotter output with punchier, more present lower-mids. We were finding that our favorite bridge pickup tone required a touch of bass boost. We figured why not just build that into the pickup. The increased output makes the bridge about 3 db hotter than the neck. Since the neck already has a more bass heavy tone and due to placement is more sensitive to playing dynamics we feel that this relationship is spot on. The change in tone for the series and parallel settings is positive too. Both settings should cut through the mix slightly better now.[/quote:2ru1mntf] So, what do the Mach II do? Cut mids or boost them? Also, it seems strange to go with a setup that sounds like the blueqube, as in relevant discussions I think dingwall users rarely use it, and I can't recall anyone having it engaged all the time.[/quote:2ru1mntf] Let's not read too much into this. The Mach II bridge pickup has more mids and output. Low mids primarily. This may not be what everybody wants, but it seems like it's what most people want in a bridge pickup tone. It's been apparent to us for a while that a neck and bridge pickup blended will cut better if there is more bridge pickup in the mix. This is the one disadvantage of a rotary switch. You can't add more bridge pickup to the blend. A hotter bridge pickup solves this. The bluEQube was a great compliment to the FD-1 pickups as it tamed the aggressiveness of those pickups and provided an improved slap tone. As we developed our pickups further the bluEQube played a less important roll. The bottom line is that we feel it's an improvement.
14 years ago
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Hi Sheldon, Another question arises. At what serial number were these changes implemented for PA's and other's? When you and I talked we figured I have the Mach II in my bridge pup as it is definately hotter than the neck. Is my switch still a blueqube or does it switch between regular and Mach II in the neck pup? It probably does not make any difference but it would be nice to know. Thank you Sheldon for your help. Regards, David
14 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":25bbkvvt]Let's not read too much into this. The Mach II bridge pickup has more mids and output. Low mids primarily. This may not be what everybody wants, but it seems like it's what most people want in a bridge pickup tone. It's been apparent to us for a while that a neck and bridge pickup blended will cut better if there is more bridge pickup in the mix. This is the one disadvantage of a rotary switch. You can't add more bridge pickup to the blend. A hotter bridge pickup solves this. The bluEQube was a great compliment to the FD-1 pickups as it tamed the aggressiveness of those pickups and provided an improved slap tone. As we developed our pickups further the bluEQube played a less important roll. The bottom line is that we feel it's an improvement.[/quote:25bbkvvt] Yeah, that makes total sense, I was just confused by the comment that it cuts mids. Great to hear it adds low mids, for me that's where you must emphasize for a dominant, ballsy sound that cuts through. More bridge should indeed help cut through better, as it brings more clarity and growl... all that sounds very interesting indeed!
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