Originally Posted by CSEbass
. Just not a fan personally of how much the East colors the natural pickups tone. Just my .02 so far. Will drop a sound sample/video when I get around to it.
Just to throw a bit of light in here:
What you call the coloration, which it is of course, is the slight inbuilt pre-shape (gentle 2-3dBs boost) at the low and high end. It purposely doesn't have a flat response. I originally put it in to give a slight lift when going in to active, at a time when rigs weren't as good as the are now.
We've made a number without the pre-shape by request more recently.
Some players seem to really like the pre-shape, others prefer a completely flat system, and I fully appreciate why. If I were starting with a clean sheet again, in hindsight I would certainly allow for a neutral flat response option in the design. We have to make specific flat response versions currently.
Interestingly, one player, who works in the London West End shows I believe, has had several J-Retro units with the pre-shape, and I made him a flat one at his request, but in the end he swapped it back for a pre-shape unit. He liked that extra bit of immediate fatness it gives.