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Getting the Seymour Duncan Steve Harris pickup, bypass tone pot?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by dcalde78, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. dcalde78


    Apr 17, 2012
    I've just managed to grab myself a set of the SD Steve Harris pickups, after wanting them since I first saw the promo stuff for it on the Duncan Facebook page and their site. I'm a big Steve Harris fan and I love Iron Maiden as well. I'm in a metal band myself and we play original material ranging from bluesier, hard rock kind of stuff to faster, heavier thrash stuff. I primarily use a pick but I do also use my fingers for some of our songs.

    I won't be doing any of the wiring myself, as I don't have the knowledge or tools to do it, so it'll be going to the local music shop. What I am considering though, is having the tone pot bypassed and taken out, as I never use it. The only time I do use it is when I'm messing around. I'm pretty sure that Steve Harris also just sets everything at full and leaves it there. I don't consider myself anywhere near his ability or sound though. I do use the volume knob fairly often so it does have some use to me but the tone always just stays at max.

    Would there be any significant tonal effects if I were to have the tone pot bypassed? The pickup will be going into a Squier Classic Vibe 60's Precision bass, and I plan to use the stock pots as well. The stock pickup does sound pretty good but anything Steve Harris related, I want to have!
  2. Inb4 "Steve Harris pickups won't make you sound like Steve Harris" lol

    Interested in replies though.
  3. It will sound like having a 500k tone pot on full. If you have a 250k pot, then it will get brighter when the control is removed. If this is not desirable, you can replace the pot with a resistor.
  4. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    You might consider a no-load tone pot. When it's at 100%, it takes the tone control out of the circuit completely. That way, you could leave it at full most of the time. but then you'd have a tone control if you ever needed or wanted one.

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