Too Many Basses & Too Many Knobs
So I usually pack an active and a passive Fretless Jazz in a Union Blues case from Jason of BassStringsOnline.
I have a couple of active pick up axes, a Music Man Sterling and a Korean knock off of a pretty good Japanese bass, Tune. Both have three band EQ but the bass/treble are on the opposite ends, left to right on each bass. This causes me grief as I confuse the two and under pressure to adjust tones between songs I will treble it up rather than add some low end. Ugh!
Typically I run around with the Tune, a Craigslist $100 buy, light at under 8 lbs, punchy with a full three octave fretboard. Something happens to it, no big loss. It sounds, IMO, passable to good in most settings and strung with DR Neons, the coating adding lifetime to this often played instrument, it is a workhorse. The bass knob is the first counting left to right. The MM is the opposite.
Last night running through the "show" I was swapping out basses regularly. When I picked up the MM I kept boosting the treble knob, looking for more bottom, because of my heavy usage of the Tune. The bass is the third knob, left to right on this axe.
Couldn't figure out why the sound was so off, so i starting messing with the settings on my head until I was totally screwed up. Meanwhile the tunes keep clicking by and the bass is getting weirder.
Finally I reset all knobs on the MM and head, and then remembered, again, about the reverse order.
Thinking about swapping out the "bass" EQ knobs in a different color. My old and drug addled brain just can't keep up.
Thinking of swapping out the active for my Pbass but that is another thread.
What about modding one of the basses to be like the other, so the control layouts are the same?
Open up both basses, and see which one would be easier to swap the positions of the bass & treble pots (my guess would be the Tune, as the Sterling probably has the pots mounted to the preamp PC board).
This way both active basses are the same, reducing confusion, and the mod is simple and non-destructive.
Just my .02 USD...
I can solve this problem.
How much will you sell the tune for?
If you think that's tough, I mostly gig with two similar Carvin J-style basses that have the same model preamp... except that one preamp module is left-handed and the other is right-handed, so the knob order is completely out of whack between the two.
Its a $100 bass. Get a Sharpie and mark it.
or get fancy and have the knobs marked.
Just rewire the Tune like the MM. Its ok, I'm not trainable either
it probably doesn't even need a rewire.. I have a feeling on one bass or the other there will be enough slack in the wiring to just switch the knob holes.. just don't cross the wires too drastically etc..
this wouldn't work for me because I don't really look down that kind of way, but maybe just getting some colored knobs to match them up would work.. or even knobs that feel different
Only thing I miss is when switching from a bass w/ mid controls to one that doesn't.
Did change a couple volume pots to oversized knobs.
One of the main reasons that I play my passive P 99% of the time is because it only has two knobs. I don't know what the hell my deal is, but I've just got some sort of a mental block with knobs. I've got an Ibanez that has four, including a stacked one and I always have to google the stupid thing to figure out what the stack does.
Apparently I is speshul.
I've seen some bass players use a different color knob for say the bass tone knob. That way, without thinking, you know which order the controls are in. Personally, I try to keep my basses as simple as possible. A Jazz, a P, a Gibson SG Reissue with control layout like the J. One bass I'm having trouble with is a US G&L SB2. It only has two volume knobs with no tone. My brain keeps thinking the second knob should be a tone control like a P Bass. I'm going to solve that problem soon. I've ordered a stacked concentric pot to use for volume on both pickups and the current second volume pot can be converted to a tone pot for both pickups, similar to a J Bass.
Keep everything but volume centered on all your basses, most of them sound at their best that way anyway... There I solved it.
Thinking more clearly now.... set the knobs at the optimal settings, use a dab of fingernail polish, a different color for vol vs tone, to mark the positions, unnoticeable except for you.
I have a Tune and a MM--I'm pretty sure the pots in both basses are soldered to a circuit board and you won't be able to move them. You might just have to remember which is which...
I have the same trouble periodically though.
Just don't tell the rest of your band about this. They won't let you drink at gigs anymore.
I totally sympathize.
My main two instruments are my Fury P with tapes:
And my G & L 2000 with Roto Flats:
Pickup three-way switch: Neck/Both/Bridge
Series/Parallel two-way switch: Series-Bass-Boost/Parallel-Bass-Cut
Active/Passive three-way switch: Treble-Boost-Active/Regular-Active/Passive switch
Apparently I play my Fury much too much because I'm always screwing up remembering the switches on the 2000.
Will black knob the bass control on the cheaply.
To all the P players out there, ain't life sweet.
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