No more dogfighting, hmmkay?
It's all good, we're happy to experiment for folks, within the bounds of reason and understanding.
The reason is - well, not what Steve/ubone was joking about in his first post (wiseacre). If it is not physically feasible, then we CAN'T do it.
The understanding is - well, sure, we'll do that, if it's physically feasible. But if it sucks, there's a reason we don't offer it as a "standard factory option", isn't there?
The "stock soapbar" locations are a tried & true, known quantity. The "ROSCOE SOUND
" comes out of them.
The JJ setup we offer, good J's (noise-free) in the tried & true 60's locations that we all know and love - can't miss there, right? (No, it's not exactly
a Fender, but then again, that's not what we're trying to do!)
We're about to "officially" add a J-V option for 4 and 5 strings, with the Aguilar 4/5J-HC pickups an OPB-2 on a stack treble bass control (...and eventually, if we can find a source for the necessary stacked potentiometer, the OBP-1 instead!), a passive tone control, and an active/passive switch on a push/pull volume control - to get a bit more "vintagey".
The JB setup, also a known quantity. Jerry kinda nails what it does, and has for Zon and Warwick among others in the past. Great tone, but not an "everyman" tone. (I live with that sound on fretless, it's the STUFF, IMO/IME)
M and JM, same deal - we all know this setup well. What it does on OUR stuff isn't exactly what it does elsewhere, for various reasons, but it is our "take" on that vibe. Again, no risk here, we KNOW it works.
We offer these options as "factory approved" because they are all proven winners, multiple times. We discussed for YEARS the possibility of doing this, and after all of that discussion our decision was "Why NOT offer these variations on a theme on OUR thing? If someone loves the look, feel, and tone of our bass, but wants to shade that tone slightly different from our normal formula, why is it not a brilliant idea to let them have just that?"
Heck, I have one (JB), and will get another (JM) as soon as the dust settles from my 14 month "isn't building a brand-new house a grand idea?" experience.
We all are here because we love these basses (....hell, I love 'em so much I got a job here and moved across 4 states to do it!
), getting bogged down in arguments over minutia is not a good use of our time and energy. We all agree on what matters, right?
You want to try one of the 6 menu options? GREAT!
You want to try something off-the-menu? Within reason, why not! (...just don't blame us when it doesn't turn out like you hoped or thought it would...
...can't we all just get along?