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Does this make sense?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Swever, Mar 27, 2009.


  1. Swever

    Swever

    Nov 13, 2008
    Joensuu, Finland
    Hello everyone!

    I'm quite new to both bass and electronics worlds :)

    Atm I am building my first bass and I would love to get some advice concerning electronics.

    It's going to be a J-neck MM-bridge bass. Passive for now.
    What I thought to do was to use two push-pull pots, each controlling a corresponding pickup level. One would switch between series/parallel connection of the pickups, and the other one would be a phaze switch for one of the pickups.

    What do you think? Is this scheme doable at all? Do you find this layout practical? (the series/parallel thing still looks a bit doubtful to me)
     
  2. Stealth

    Stealth

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    The scheme is doable, but I have no idea about how practical it would be. To be exact, the phase switch seems like the impractical one unless you really want the phased-out sound.
     
  3. The phase switch isn't a good idea. It will pretty much kill the output of the bass completely. This scheme only works if the pickups are far apart.

    A better option would be: series, parallel, neck coil solo, bridge coil solo.
     
  4. This is definitely do-able if that's the way you want it.
    I could draw you a schematic if you need it.

    I agree that the phase switch isn't going to be very useful to you.

    I would instead do two series/parallel switches. One for the MM pickup, and one for the two pickups series/parallel to each other.
     
  5. Ah, reading again I understand you intend to have a J pickup at the neck. I thought you meant it would have a J neck, not pickup.
    In this case a phase switch would work, sort of, if you put the neck pickup and rear coil of the MM pickup out-of-phase. Still a thin sound though.
    Line6man is 'the man' when it comes to drawings, I would accept his offer!
     
  6. Swever

    Swever

    Nov 13, 2008
    Joensuu, Finland
    Thanks for the response guys!

    So I'd rather not bother with the phase switch then.

    As for series/parallel for the MM pup - it's just not possible, since it has only two wires coming out. I'ts the cheapest MM pickup I managed to find on ebay :) Perhaps if I later decide to upgrade the pups I would add this feature.

    line6man, thanx a lot for the offer, but I really wanted to do it by myself for learning's sake. But now I know whom to ask for help if I am confronted by unsolveble difficulties :)
     
  7. Stealth

    Stealth

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    You can still go with a global series/parallel wiring - that ought to give you a bit more flexibility as well.
     
  8. Swever

    Swever

    Nov 13, 2008
    Joensuu, Finland
    yeah, yeah, that's what ill do
     

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