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Dip switches on pups? What for??

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by BassicRob, Apr 16, 2001.


  1. BassicRob

    BassicRob

    Mar 28, 2001
    Massapequa, NY
    I saw a used Hamer bass in Sam Ash today and was wondering what these little dip switch looking thingys on the pups did. It was a P/J combo, and each pup had 3 little dip switches. Do these change the tone or something by splitting the coils or something? Never seen such a thing.
     
  2. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    Seymour Duncan (pre-Basslines) made some active bass pickups in the '80's and '90's with the little DIP switches on them. I played a couple basses with them back in the day and they activated preset EQ curves. The sound was good but definiely "active sounding," a la EMG. They were a probably a good idea when few basses besides Music Man, Spector, and Ken Smith offered onboard EQ.
     
  3. BassicRob

    BassicRob

    Mar 28, 2001
    Massapequa, NY
    ahh, interesting. guess technology applies to basses too. thanks for enlightening me