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Fender S1 switch

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DeliriumTremens, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. has anyone else noticed it's useless on a P Bass and actually pretty cool on a Jazz? I was trying out some gear yester and they had no US series P Bass to use so I used a Jazz. The S1 switch makes it fat! I'm considering getting a US series Jazz now, it seemed very versatile
  2. Paulitics


    Apr 12, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Yeah i like the switch on the jazz. I don't think it makes it sound exactly like a P but its cool in its own way. I have read a lot of people don't like the S1 switch but i think on the jazz it can really bring in a lot of low end. Never tired it on a P.
  3. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    East Bay, CA
    I agree--while it's great to fatten up a Jazz, why bother slimming down a Precision? Also, I'm not crazy about the actual push-switch/pot Fender uses--many of the one's I've tried on new basses in stores have been kinda dodgy. I'd probably replace it with a regular pull-pot switch.
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I love the idea, I hate the execution. I'd rather have a push/pull pot rather than the push-push they use that feels so cheap.
  5. I don't mind the actual feel of the switch, but on my P I dislike the sound it makes!
  6. I have series/parallel wired into my DiMarzio Will Power Middle on my MIM-P. I use a radio shack mico switch and it works great.

    On this pickup, the two tones are different and very usable.
  7. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    So the S1 on the Fender P makes it thinner than without? Then why do they bother?

    Good to know. I'll make sure I avoid those Ps.
  8. Double Agent

    Double Agent Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    You don't have to avoid them, just don't use the s-1 switch on them. They are still good basses.

    FWIW, I would rather have a Highway One P then a MIA standard P.
  9. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
  10. I agree Highway One over a MIA P. For me it's the S-1 switch, 2 I prefer a Badass Bridge II that the Highway One comes with, I also like the lacquer finish...and the price. For me the downfall of the Highway One is the lack of a maple neck option. If they came in maple necks, it'd already be in my arsenal!

    Oh and yes S-1 switch very useful on a Jazz and horrendous on a P
  11. Double Agent

    Double Agent Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    What he said, only I don't care about the S1 switch that much, I could just not use it. I don't want a P with a maple board, so this is not an issue for me. I like the old school looking finish and I really like the upgraded bridge, though its just a bonus to me. I want an old school P, but can't afford an actual vintage one and the Highway One is closer to that IMO than a regular MIA. The MIA is still nice, just not what I'm after.
  12. loendmaestro


    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    I have a MIA P that is my fave bass now. I never touch the S-1 though. Pointless.

    I'm one of the few that is rather unimpressed with the Hwy 1 line. I haven't played any of the new ones with the Badass & all, but personally I can't stand that thin finish on there & the quality in general just feel lacking in some degree.

    But that's just me...YMMV.
  13. Thinkarogadum


    Jun 11, 2006
    NE OH
    My number 1 bass is a MIA Precision with the S1. About 90% of the time I don't use it. Where I have found it useful is when I play with a pick and I have a lot of bottom dialed in. If I want to play a song or two fingerstyle, I'll press the button to dial out some of the low end that I gain from using my fingers.
  14. kajohns


    Apr 28, 2007
    I play a american P bass. I personally don't like the s1 switch. It really thins out the sound. I actually replaced the knob so I don't have to be bothered. Come on, after all it's a P bass. It has a reputation to uphold.

    I haven't played a jazz with the s1 switching. I hear it's actually useful.

    "Play hard - live well"

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