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modding a stingray's volume knob for volume swell

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by BrandonBass, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    Anyways, before anyone flame this noob for thinking about modding his ray I just wanna say that everything about my ray is perfect. From the neck to the tone. Id only ever change the pickguard and make a swap for a hipshot d tuner,,,, but:

    Ive been experimenting with volume swells to simulate the sound of a cello recently(you use your pinky to adjust the volume knob as you pluck w your thumb). This technique pre-dominantly used by guitarists, but Ive come to find out that it sounds pretty good when done on the ray as well.

    The thing is my ray's volume knob is kind of tight and it makes the technique harder to execute. Is it possible to change my knobs to looser ones since its using an active circuit?

    Also, I tend to have my volume knob cranked full when Im playing. As in, I dont adjust the volume in between songs. Do you think it is for me to mod the volume knob so that the full range of volume adjustments can be made with just a 1/4 turn of the knob? It would be ideal if the knob is loose and my volume can go from zero to max with just a quarter turn.

  2. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Volume pedal?

    Try shpritzing some cleaner into the pots in your bass.
  3. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
  4. Technicality


    Feb 10, 2011
    You can change the potentiometer from a logarithmic (audio) taper type to a linear type to get a more dramatic volume change over a small area of the pot.

    If you're looking for a looser potentiometer, I know the bourns blue boxy potentiometers are extremely easy to turn compared to the conventional type (I don't have any experience with the other bourns pots). There are probably other kinds that are looser than normal too that I'm sure a bit of hunting would find.

    If you can't find a potentiometer loose enough you can open one up, and bend/remove some of the wipers to reduce the tension. This might affect its durability though. Probably better to get one designed that way.

    edit: Also, looking at the schematic it doesn't matter than the bass is active. The volume is set up exactly the same as a passive bass.
  5. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    thanks people..!

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