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HH pups on EBMM vs H

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by travep, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. travep

    travep Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2010
    Austin, TX
    Simple question. I have never owned a MM but am considering. Do the modern ones with the HH configuration have the same tone as the single H configuration if you roll off the neck pup completely? Interested in opinions...
  2. Its a pickup selector....the H vs HH all sound like a traditional single H in the normal position (obviously with slight variations that ANY bass guitar will have with wood/strings/setup/pickup wind etc).

    Basically, the HS or HH sound the same as the 3EQ H in the back position, plus they have more tones.
  3. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    It depends on the model. The Stingray and Sterling HH has the bridge pickup in the same location as the H model. The Bongo HH has the bridge pickup in a different location than the H mode.
    Also, you don't get your same switching options. So if you prefer a certain switch, you may not have that on an HH model.
    With all of that said... the H and HH can sound very, dare I say exactly, the same on the Sterling and Stingray. I mostly play Sterlings though, and don't mind trading off some options for others.
  4. eqvolvorama

    eqvolvorama Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2000
    Arlington, Virginia
    Yep. The first run of SR5 HH's had ceramic pickups, and ran the coils of each independent pickup in series, not parallel. This way, the solo'ed bridge pickup didn't match the single H models EXACTLY, but got close.

    They "fixed" this a few years ago when they moved to alnico magnets in the SR5HH series. Since then, the bridge pickup solo'ed will match the single-H model exactly.

    I think this has never been a question/issue with the 4 string models.

    So to answer your question - yes in most cases.
  5. travep

    travep Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2010
    Austin, TX
    Great info...do you know what year the "fix" was in? I am particularly looking for the Stringray...and I am looking for that classic scooped Stringray vibe. Briefly owned a HH Bongo & could never get it. The obvious question that was posed to me was, "if you wanted a Stringray sound, why didn't you get a Singray". Duh. Of course. I like the idea of options as long as I don't have to work for it...I'm not much of a knob twister. I think just switching off the neck pup is as easy as it gets.
  6. HH Bongos have the bridge H closer to the bridge because of the space allowed. HH Rays have the H in EXACTLY the same spot as the normal H Stingray we all know, with alnico pups/parallel.

    If you want a Ray sound, a H, HS, or HH will get you there. The Sterling will get close but is more aggressive sounding due to being ceramic pups and mainly in series unless you get a single H....(very good sound no matter what

    A 2008- Ray 5 will also get you the exact Ray tone, as they went back to alnico for the pups and left the ceramics for the Sterling 5.
  7. mr.mow


    Feb 11, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: BBE/G&L Basses
    Ive had both H and HH stingrays..
    I couldn't even consider owning a single H ray anymore (unless you play a lot slap), the extra tones and a nicely placed thumbrest.. its win win.

    And yes , it sounds just like a regular H model on the bridge setting.
  8. Some people claim a tonal difference between the HH (bridge only) and the H model.

    I don't hear it, and I'm picky when it comes to basses :p

    HH all the way for me. Some people find the extra pickup gets in the way, so I guess it depends in part on your playing style.

    The H Sterling has some switching options you can't get on the HH or HS sterling. Stingrays tho, you're golden!

    And has been said, with Bongos, the positions are slightly different.
  9. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    The Sterling H 3-way blade will get you H in series, single coil and H in parallel. Pretty cool.
  10. bstringrandy

    bstringrandy Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    +1 this!!


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