Who here has used a varitone on their bass?
I have a bass that was once active and is now passive. I have four holes to fill so I'm thinking about going v/v/t with a varitone.
Have you ever used a varitone? What has been your experience with them? How often did you use it? What kind did you use?
What's a varitone??
It's a passive mid-cut circuit that uses a cap in combination with an inductor coil to cut the mids without cutting the highs. Usually has a multi way switch to select the frequency band to cut.
Used on some older Gibson guitars and basses. The term itself was originally a Gibson trademark.
I have one fitted to my P-bass (a Stellartone Tonestyler).
It's good, but I found it a little honky at some settings, but tweaking my amp's EQ a bit eliminated that issue.
As far as how much I use it... there's two ways to answer that question:
1. I have found a setting that I like and don't move from there, so , technically, I don't use it any more.
2. It's fitted to the bass so I guess you could also say that I use it all the time!
I've a Stellertone in my Dolan PH5. Though I still experiment now and then, I mostly keep it wide open. So, I guess I'm using it, but I don't know that it's actually doing anything most of the time.
The Stellartone Tonestyler is NOT a varitone.
...It's a great little thingy though. I have the old 16-step version.
I wondered if I actually knew what I was talking about!
My apologies. Please ignore my previous post.
I made a varitone circuit (schematics are readily available) and stuck it in my OLP MM3. The bass in its original form had a nasty midrange honk that I didn't like, and no amount of tinkering, even some active circuits I put into it, would get rid of it.
A while back I replaced its guts with a volume knob and varitone circuit. I found a setting I liked, and mostly just leave it engaged all the way.
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