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Gage Docking Station

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Max George, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Max George

    Max George

    Dec 27, 2015
    This question is for those that have used the Docking Station. Does the metal plate connected to the back of the tailpiece by the E and A strings affect the tone or overall sound and playability of the bass? And does the volume control affect the sound of the pickup?? I don’t want to change either. Thanks!!
  2. As long as you don't use it for a lower impedance magnetic pickup I find the Gage Docking Station a good idea that cannot work well directly behind any piezo pickup.
    The reason: the pot needs to have a lower resistance than the MegOhm load needed for a passive piezo pickup and effectively lowers he input impedance "seen" by the piezo pickup drastically. This makes the sound bad. The only exceptions: silence (no output at all) or maximum volume because then the pot gets disconnected by a switch.

    Much better is getting an FDeck HPFpre with volume control. The volume control is behind the impedance buffer and you also get a high pass filter to get rid of lower frequency mud if needed.
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  3. Jim Dedrick

    Jim Dedrick Jim Dedrick Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2016
    Port Deposit, MD
    Th docking station has to settings. One is a volume control and it does effect the sound. The other is a just on mode and does not seem to add anything that the pickup has not already added.
    Max George likes this.

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