Onboard knob fiddling
For those of you with active electronics, how often do you find yourself going for the controls and changing your eq or pickup pan? For those with passive basses, how often are you changing your tone or pickup mix? Say with all of the electronic going on in a model like the G&L L2500, how often do you flip all those little switches?
Do you get to the point that you like to have the electronic options but essentially, your sound is your sound and you like it and therefore don't change it much, if ever?
Some people fiddle a lot, some a little and some none. I think that covers it.
Pretty much between every song. Our band does a wide variety of music, which calls for different tones. Onboard EQ makes it easy. :)
I use certain settings quite frequently; other settings much less frequently. But the bottom line is that I acquired all these options (onboard preamps with switchable midrange settings, series/single-coil/parallel settings, etc.) in order to actually use them - not just because all the knobs & switches look so cool.
There's apparently a certain subset of players for whom "less is more". That's fine, if it works for you. But I'm of the view that "more is more". And the complaints of others to the contrary, I don't at all find having multiple options to be a confusing or disorienting experience. I'm able to keep all that information straight in my mind while I'm playing, with very little difficulty, thank you very much.
active guy here:
i leave the eq on my amp fairly flat with a little boost on the mids, any fiddling after that is done on my basses preamp. i have three basic tones depending on what im doing.
1. when im doing chords or arpeggios up higher on the neck.
2. my finger-style tone
3. my slap tone
I frequently fiddle with my settings. But I'm also doing most of that in a cover band with a wide range of tunes.
Active and Passive Guy
On my G&L L2500, I fiddle between every song. With that many tonal options at your finger tips, why wouldn't you try to give every song a unique tone. This bass is great for cover band guys as you can drastically change tone on the fly to suit your set list.
On my Cirrus, I use the active EQ to bring levels up or down to meet the need of the song's dynamics, and the PU pan to try to match the song as much as I can. Between the PU Pan and the EQ I can get really, really close to the tones I need without much fuss. Not as many tonal choices as the L2500, but it is a workhorse bass and can meet most needs.
On my P-Bass, simplicity is the key. I run full volume and tone, and that's how I like my P tone.
I like both worlds.
Now I kind of wish I still had that L-2000 as I play in everything from country to jazz to rock to funk gigs and everything in between. I could see all of the options being awesome if you're looking for a "jack of all trades" bass.
You can always feel free to PM me if you have any questions on the wiring or anything like that. Always happy to help :hyper:
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