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Narrow Range of Volume Controls on Stack-Knob Jazz Basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ADWolpert, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. ADWolpert


    Mar 12, 2008
    Hey, All --

    I love the overall tone of stack-knob-style Jazz basses. But I've owned two of them -- a '62 reissue from the '90s and now a Custom Shop one -- and in both cases (and even in others I've tried, too), I've found that slightly rolling off one pickup's volume control sounds the same as turning it off completely. It's like I've somehow got just three settings to work with: both pickups full on, neck, or bridge -- instead of being able to access the colors in-between by favoring one pickup just a little bit more than the other. Has anyone else experienced this? I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Most passive J basses, stack or 3 knob, work that way, in my experience.
  3. ADWolpert


    Mar 12, 2008
    Would anybody else like to weigh in on this? Is it really true that when it comes to blending the two pickups on a passive Jazz Bass, the volume controls don’t allow you to achieve subtle blends but are essentially acting as a glorified pickup selector switch with just 3 settings — neck, bridge or both? That’s been my experience with stack knobs, where rolling off a pickup’s volume just a little bit sounds the same as rolling it off completely in terms of blend, but I find it hard to believe that all passive J basses are like that. Thoughts?


  4. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    J pickups have 3 settings, full out, turn down 5% to change the tone but not the volume, or OFF.
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