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Anybody care to help me determine what pickup and preamp I have here?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by HeavyDuty, Jul 1, 2003.


  1. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    My new '98 Warwick FNA has this pickup:

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    And this preamp:

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    What do I have? A MEC pickup and a Basslines preamp? There's no obvious markings on either. The volume pot IS marked MEC.
     
  2. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    hey, that's a dead giveaway! look at the battery... It's definitely a duracell preamp!:D :rolleyes:

    It loos like a Mec to me. They use those kind of harnesses. The trim pots also look like their configuration.

    Edit: Well, maybe I was wrong. It's because I can't afford a warwick!! AHHHHH!!!!
     
  3. dragonbass

    dragonbass Commercial User

    Feb 17, 2003
    N.Y.
    Owner/Builder of LoPrinzi Basses.........................................EX-Sadowsky Guitars Builder
    Hey,

    In your FNA you have....
    - A Mec humbucking pickup
    and
    - A Basslines Preamp.

    Enjoy the new bass...you got a great deal!
     
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    definitely a basslines preamp
     
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Thanks, everyone! Now, can anyone point me to an on-line source regarding the preamp controls? I see there's two trim pots on the board, which I suspect adjust the slap contour. However, neither the SD nor Warwick's site have instructions regarding this preamp...
     
  6. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    I'll second that.

    JP
     
  7. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I can look up the exact details when I get home, but from what I remember, one is the bass boost and the other is the mid cut. As you said, for the slap contour.

    I can post specifics once I look at the SD literature at home tonight, or you can mess with it and find a setting you like.
     
  8. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I'd appreciate it - it sounds pretty good right now, and would prefer to know what I'm tweaking!
     
  9. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    ok, the docs don't give any more detail than I did. Left trimpot is the bass boost, right trimpot is mid cut.
     
  10. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Thank you very much!
     
  11. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    By the way, HeavyDuty, any way you could post soundclips? I'm interested in FNA myself, so I'd be nice to hear it in action.
     
  12. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    No way of posting soundclips, sorry. I'm miserable at describing sounds with words, but my first impression was an aggressive, woody P... kinda.