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New J-Retro Stompbox now shipping!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Dude, Jul 8, 2002.


  1. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
  2. Sounds a wee bit pricey. Any info on what the controls on the box are? Methinks an awful lot of us with passive J's might be interested.
     
  3. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Sup Plank?

    Pricey?? Sure it is...your choice is to spend $200 on something mediocre or spend three bones on the real deal.

    This has been 4 years in the making and another 6 months in final revisions since it's trial at NAMM in January.

    Will post full specs in the morning ok?

    Nite!
     
  4. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Basic specs are very similar to the J-Retro onboard:

    Bass (+18dB @50Hz)

    Boost only bass control. The frequency band of boost gets progressively lower as the boost in increased. An indent midway is included to aid in the setting of this control.

    Mid (+/-12dB)

    Boost and cut with center detent "flat" position.

    Mid Frequency Sweep (150 Hz - 3Khz)

    Continously variable Mid frequency sweep

    Mid On/Off

    Footswitch with yellow LED to indicate when Mid selection is in circuit.

    Treble (+15dB @ 3kHz, - 15 dB @1kHz)

    Treble control with boost and cut. The central "flat" position is indented. The cut settings work on lower frequencies compared to boost to give a deeper sound when the top is rolled off.

    Bright Switch (+8dB @ 7kHz)

    Mini toggle switch to turn on bright setting.

    Gain Unbalanced 6dB (1/4" Jack Output)

    The basic gain of the system is 6dB with bass at minimum, mid flat, treble flat and bright in "off" position.

    Gain Balanced 12dB (XLR Output with ground lift)

    Bypass

    Overall bypass footswitch with red LED to indicate when the Pre and EQ are in circuit.

    Contour

    A very gentle built in contour gives immediate color without detracting from the basic sound of the bass.

    Power

    The power is switched on automatically when a mono jack is plugged into the 1/4" output socket. A battery box, accessible from the outside of the unit, holds a standard 9V battery. An ecternal DCpower supply input is included and an AC/DC adaptor is optional for an additional $18.00
     
  5. you can't cut the bass?? what's the reasoning behind that?
     
  6. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    It's the same on the J-Retro onboards. Even on them the bass control is boost only.

    Not sure why John East designed it that way to be honest with you but haven't had any complaints yet.

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  7. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    the boost only bass is a good thing. what the hell, why a bass player would like to cut the bass!?!?;)
     
  8. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    I talked with John East last night and asked him why it was designed with bass boost only and not boost/cut and he pretty much said the same thing that barroso did above. He simply didn't see the need for bass cut.
     
  9. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    ps: I should receive my second shipment of 5 more stomps this morning.
     
  10. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    :)

    i am a smart guy! i have a j retro installed in a J style bass and from my experience i have no complants about the boost only thing. the unit is great and when i want a little more sub dub sound i pump the bass. i am considering to add one to the fretless i am making at the moment. but i played a yamaha bb4 fl old model and i loved how that bass sounded passive. plus this bass will be made from cheap parts and i don't think that it's a good idea to use a "pricey" and excellent preamp on it.

    j-retro is a great unit.
     
  11. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    There's a good reason to get the stompbox version. Invest in your pedal board and not your basses ;) .
     
  12. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass

    Ahh yes but some of my most satisfied J-Retro customers are the ones that have done just that! Many people have installed them in cheap parts basses or MIM Fenders etc....it can make a huge difference in those basses but as Slater pointed out above, one J-Retro stombox can be used with as may cheapie parts basses you want! That's why we designed it.
     
  13. usually i leave my settings flat, but if there's any frequency i cut, it's the bass. i like definition and mids, a nice SPROINGy sound. i guess i'll have to try one someday and see how it sounds...
     
  14. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Only 3 left out of my first shipment of 10 J-Retro Stompboxes.

    More Info Here