|bowthing ||02-20-2013 07:06 PM |
Epiphone Zenith preamp switches
Do any Zenith owners out there know exactly what the two switches on the [Shadow] preamp do? I just got a Zenith, and I'm playing with the setup and electronics. As far as I can tell, the switches affect only the magnetic pickup. The lower switch seems to be a gain control, and flipping it toward the tail gave me a much better balance between the two pickups (out of the box, the bridge was WAY louder than the magnetic pup).
The upper switch seems to make a slight difference in tone for the magnetic pup, but I haven't zeroed in on exactly what it is doing. Has anyone figured this out? This is a pretty weird bass! The neck is very nice, though...
|Wolftone ||03-01-2013 05:12 PM |
I just got my Zenith the other day. Would love to know what the switches do. Not much gain on those eq, pu volume controls either.
|Wolftone ||03-01-2013 05:26 PM |
I am waiting for some tapewound strings. The fretnoise of the round wounds is just too much. It may turn out to be not such a versitile bass as they advertised!
|Jeff Scott ||03-01-2013 05:35 PM |
Let me get this straight, you bought a new bass (of your own choosing) but don't know how it works? :eyebrow:
|Wolftone ||03-02-2013 01:13 PM |
Well now this bass was bought from a big refurbishment centre and sold by an ebay store. I thought I knew it, but the controls (concentric eq and volume for each pup) do nothing. So looking inside there is a Shadow pcb with mini pots attached and 2 unknown slider switches right on the pc board. So I closed up the electronics cavity and said F-it! All I could do is re-seat the Nanoflex bridge pup which also did not help. Like the Epi Ultra II Les Paul guitars this unit has a design flaw in the circuitry that can only be corrected like the guitarists do, and chuck the pcb and fill the cavity with new pots and wiring!
|Jeff Scott ||03-02-2013 02:42 PM |
Sorry to hear this, bummer about the preamp in your Epi.
|Wolftone ||03-22-2013 08:46 AM |
Replacing the onboard preamp with an ARTEC MB1 master blender board. Tone/volume pots on the stock board do nothing. Will let you know how it works out.
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