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Dean Club!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tom once dead, Apr 11, 2008.


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  1. Bassface65

    Bassface65

    May 10, 2019
    Since you have been so helpful with my bass B-Mac,maybe you can answer a question I have about the emg hz pickups.

    I have read several articles that state the hz's are a passive pickup,but the tone controls are active hence the 9v battery....what I'm confused about is should I engage the -15 db cut on my practice amp? Its an Ampeg BA-108, I ask because when I engage the switch the volume drops considerably but when I use my Mockingbird (also active) the volume is loud.

    So I guess what I'm really wondering is should I even engage the -15 db cut since the hz's aren't really an active pickup.

    Thanks for all your help, I really like my Dean and finally knowing what model it is really clears up a big mystery.
     
  2. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Scroll through these two pages and you'll see they used a sticker back then, but it was usually under the finish not over it.

    Dean Club!!! page 72
    Dean Club!!! page 73
     
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  3. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    The EMG-HZ are passive and that bass does have a pre-amp.
    Set your practice amp on whatever setting works.
    @NicJimBass is all over EMG pickups and pre-amps
    EMG Pickups / Electric Guitar Pickups, Bass Guitar Pickups, Acoustic Guitar Pickups
    I've also dealt with Alex Miletich <amiletich@emgpickups.com> at EMG for answering my questions.
     
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  4. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

  5. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson! Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    The -15 db jack is there in case your signal going to the 0 db jack is distorting from the output of your bass. If you don't have distortion, you're fine to use the 0 db jack.

    Active EMG pickups are relatively weak compared to passive pickups, but they have an internal preamp to boost the signal. EMG HZ pickups are indeed passive as BMac said, and the preamp is what makes the bass active. As long as you're not diming the EQ on the bass, you should have no problems with the output being too high.

    Sounds like the output on the Mockingbird is higher than your Dean. Being that it's active, you can roll the volume knob down a bit, to match the output. The tone shouldn't be negatively affected. I have the same issue with my Bongo and pretty much any other bass I own. :)
     
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  6. Bassface65

    Bassface65

    May 10, 2019
    Thank you so much for all the valuable information B-Mac, I scrolled through those pages you recommended and seen one bass that had the sticker with the serial# on the back, so apparently someone took off the sticker and replaced it with whats on there now......who knows maybe I found a rare bird at the pawnshop....lol
     
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  7. Bassface65

    Bassface65

    May 10, 2019
    Sure B-Mac, I'll take a number, I would be honored to be apart of the Dean club
     
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  8. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Just to make sure I forwarded the pix to Scott and Brad at Dean Guitars
     
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  9. Bassface65

    Bassface65

    May 10, 2019
    Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it.
     
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  10. Bassface65

    Bassface65

    May 10, 2019
    Thank you so much B-Mac, that's awesome you did that for me.
     
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  11. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Welcome!

    Bassface65,

    Welcome to Dean Club!!!

    You have been officially issued Member Number 194

    And welcome to Talk Bass too!
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2019
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  12. Bassface65

    Bassface65

    May 10, 2019
    Thanks again B-Mac, this is totally awesome.
     
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  13. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    RE: Any chance this means anything?

    Brad Mader<brad@deanguitars.com>
    11:26 AM

    To
    B-Mac, Scott Fraser



    Hello B-Mac,


    It is a imported instrument and honestly, I have never seen a sticker like that on any of our instruments so someone must have put it on the bass. We don't use any sticker like that on our USA custom shop instruments.
    Best Regards


    Brad Mader
    ♫ Customer Service ♫
    Armadillo Enterprises
    Dean Guitars / Luna Guitars
    4924 West Waters Ave
    Tampa, Florida 33634


    brad@deanguitars.com


    Toll Free 866-854-5044
     
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  14. lucas303

    lucas303

    Mar 11, 2019
    Colorado
    Probably a stupid question, but does anyone know if the pickups on the Edge 2 five-string are active or passive? On the Dean site they're described as "DMT Design MM-Style."
     
  15. Bassface65

    Bassface65

    May 10, 2019
    Dammit B-Mac....this just muddles up the mystery of my bass, here I thought I had some rare classic...lmao Many thanks for doing this for me I really appreciate all your help
     
  16. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Some type of ‘signature’ edition :roflmao:
     
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  17. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    No stupid questions here
    I’m gonna say passive with a Pre-amp
    I don’t know of any DMT pups asian or USA that are active

    Some are definitely hotter (trebly) than others though
     
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  18. Bassface65

    Bassface65

    May 10, 2019
    :bassist:
     
  19. lucas303

    lucas303

    Mar 11, 2019
    Colorado
    Well then I'll take you up on that...does "MM" stand for Music Man?
     
  20. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Yes. MM style of pup

    Dean has their own DMT pups
    They have also used EMG pups mostly the HZ, but on a few they used EMG CS
    And currently they’re using EMG DC on the Edge 4 MIA shown on deanguitars.com

    They’ve also used Bartolini and Bass Lines (Seymour Duncan) pups on other basses

    DMT = Dean Magnetic Technologies
    Dean Guitars DMT Pickups
     
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