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'hotting' up my Fodera's signal...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jazzcrime, Apr 10, 2009.


  1. hey guys,
    recently acquired a Fodera AJ 6 string. the problem i'm having is the signal out seems to be really quiet, and I'm having to really drive the gain on my LMII to get the sound I like. just wondering if there's anything i can do to rectify this? the bass feels and has a great tone, it's just very quiet. i included a picture to show you what i'm dealing with.
    thanks!
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  2. have you considered getting in touch with fodera directly. they would probably be the best ones to suggest what it may be/what you should do.

    http://www.fodera.com/contact.html
     
  3. That looks like a 'pre Pope' model, but I'm pretty sure there is an output gain control in the cavity (it will look like a little screw in a plastic box). Call the Fodera boys and they will tell you where it is. All you need to do is crank it up a bit, and you should be good to go.

    K
     
  4. cmewhinney

    cmewhinney

    Jul 11, 2008
    Concord, NH
    This is undoubtedly stupid, but you do generally have a battery in there, right?

    Oh- and the white cylinder with the notches for a Philip's head screwdriver looks like the output control on my Roscoe, so that could be it. It's kind of hard to tell from the picture, though, and I'm not familiar with this type of pre-amp, so take it with a BIG grain of salt.
     
  5. I don't see a volume pot in there, but I do see some DIP switches. One of these might be a 'gain boost' but I would have no idea.

    Even though this does not look like a Pope pre, Mike Pope, besides being one of my favorite players, is an all around cool cat and electronics guru. I would PM that picture to him, or get on his website and send the picture to him via email. It might take him a few days to respond, but he will take care of you.

    Also, there is nothing inherently wrong with cranking the input gain of an amp to compensate for a low output bass. So, even if you can't adjust the output (I'm pretty sure you can though), you aren't sunk. Crank that LMII input gain to 3 o'clock or so and jam:bassist:
     
  6. :D Well, that would explain a lot:bag::p I'm assuming he took it out for a clean picture, but you know what they say about assumptions!
     
  7. haha, of course. for the purpose of the photograph i took it out though.
     
  8. cmewhinney

    cmewhinney

    Jul 11, 2008
    Concord, NH
    It was worth a shot! Like when the repairman comes over and the fridge is unplugged.
     
  9. Here's Mike Pope's electronics website. Email him from the site, and he will help you out.

    http://www.michaelpopedesign.com/
     
  10. thanks for the help. one more question though, what's mike's username on here? looks like my best option. really just want it to have a bit more bite than what it does. trust me, i spend a lot of time at three o'clock ;) :bassist::p
     
  11. ahh thanks for that!
     
  12. brusinow

    brusinow

    Dec 15, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    From the pope pre's I've seen, it's specifically a small blue box with a white/grey dial in the middle. For the record, the previous posters seem right-this doesn't look like any pope pre I've encountered.
     
  13. No problem.

    Also, a quick question. I assume the two switches are 'mute' and 'active/passive'.

    When you switch to 'passive' from 'active', with the preamp tone controls set flat, is there a volume change? If the volume goes down, something might be funky with the preamp. If it stays the same, then the preamp is just set to unity gain versus passive mode, which many guys like, since you can switch from active to passive without increasing or decreasing volume. If the pickups are relatively low output, this could be the issue. My guess is, one of those DIP switches is some sort of volume boost for the active.

    Let us know when Mike gets back to you.

    Edit: BEAUTIFUL bass by the way!
     

  14. you are correct about the switches, and when the EQ is set flat. (it only has bass and treble) there's no change in volume between passive and active. i e-mailed mike so just gotta wait on it now, will post my solution when i get it. thanks for your help!

    also, thanks - it feels as amazing as it looks!
     
  15. Cool, you should be fine then. I'm pretty sure there is something in there that can boost the active gain a touch. As long as it's not dropping off from passive, there shouldn't be anything wrong. Good luck!
     
  16. I'm loving my Pope Pre. Pretty amazing clarity and versatility. VERY strong signals here.
     
  17. Mike's pre's have an internal gain adjustment, so you can set the output from 'passive unity' to pretty much as hot as you want it. That's a nice feature.
     
  18. I'll probably adjust it eventually, but I'm not gigging or anything that would require getting it set near my other basses.
     
  19. brandinstroy

    brandinstroy Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2001
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I Support the following: Fodera, Noble Amps, JHAudio, Trickfish Amplification
    Those pickups have weak output. I have the same ones in a 5 string. I have to gain up the input and output of my system. These pickups benefit from a preamp.
     

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