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ernie ball actives into AMPEG SVT-CL HELP

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by burlysluggers, Nov 6, 2003.

  1. burlysluggers


    Nov 6, 2003
    i'm running an ampeg svt-cl (1998) amp through an ampeg svt classic 8X10 cab.

    i'm using a 3band eq active pick up ernie ball music man stingray.

    i've read, and been told that when using a bass with active pick ups, that it is recommended to use the -15db input, rather than the 0db input.

    i've played around with it, and input to the 0bd jack. when i do this, i get much greater power and clarity (obviously).

    will i ruin the amp or the tubes, or anything for that matter if i use this input with the active bass, or is it manditory to use the -15db in my case?

    please help.
  2. 2pods


    Mar 27, 2002
    I often wonder about this though my Stingray has a SD Basslines pre and PU.
    Normally I end up going through the normal.

    However, my Ashdown has a cute VU meter.So I can watch it and reduce the gain if need be.

    Try it with the gain well down, then gradually bring it up. As your Ampeg has no clip LED,you will have to use your ears as a guide
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