Best way to go passive? Stellar-/varitone etc

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by KF2B, Mar 22, 2014.


  1. KF2B

    KF2B

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    Greetings,

    Thinking of going passive with my upcoming parts jazz bass...

    So, would you prefer going Stellartone or Certainbass varitone? - something other out there I could choose from?

    Yes, I could do it myself but lack both the time and skill so that is not an option.

    Would appreciate your take on this!

    Thanks!
     
  2. acebase62

    acebase62 Supporting Member

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    I use a Fender TBX tone control and 500k volume pots on my passive JJ and PJ basses (V-V-T pots).

    I have hum cancelling J pickups in both.

    Not high tech, but gives me some extra clarity/tone variety.
     
  3. OzzyGreg

    OzzyGreg Supporting Member

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    I have a Stellartone Tonestyler Bass Ten in my US Jazz and have it wired up: Volume/Blend/Tonestyler.

    I originally had the unit in my P-bass but didn't like it there.
    I stuck it in the Jazz and love it!
    Some of the middle settings seem to really bring the classic Jazz growl out nicely ... to my ears anyway.

    I've never tried any other varitone control so I can't comment on them, maybe they're better in some way?
    The Stellartone Tonestyler gets my vote at this stage.
     
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Not familiar with the Certainbass, but I used the Tonestyler Bass Ten for a year in my 09 Precision and really liked it. Only took it out because I got an EMG Geezer Butler P in that bass that isn't as shrill as the 62 Original it had, and now I don't need it.
     
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