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OLP MM2 with DarkStar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chef, Mar 11, 2006.


  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Check it out!
     
  2. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I'd like to see it in the bridge position more. Not bad for a photo-chop though.
     
  3. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    That's not a photochop.
     
  4. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Thats not a photochop? Even the white around the pup?

    Erm, I would say leave the MMpup in there...but thats just me.
     
  5. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The MM pup, and all the controls will go back when the install is complete. Electronics setup will go from MM pup with 2 vols, (one for each coil set) and one tone, to MM pup in series to one vol, D/S to the other vol, master tone for both.
    The white around the pup is masking tape.
     
  6. schmittuml

    schmittuml Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2004
    Lowell, MA
    sure looks photochopped.
     
  7. Oxblood

    Oxblood Banned

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I like it. That thing will have an amazing tone I bet!
     
  8. Sell it to me

     
  9. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Does this look photochopped? I promise you, I'm no Beav2k, I got no photochop skills.
    Sell it? Let's get it finished and play it for a while first eh;)
     
  10. ElBajista

    ElBajista

    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    ooo! That looks interesting. I'm very interested in reading your review once you finish it.

    That's going to have a wild range of tones. Looking good!
     
  11. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    OK; I've got the bass in hand.
    This particular OLP seems to be a solid decently made piece. The neck is very big and chunky, reminiscent of early P basses, or "fat neck" G&L's (not Jazz like at all) which is great for me.
    Rodent here on the boards did the install. Great work, great guy. Thanks mate;)

    I gigged it last night in a band that covers a wide variey to jazz/R&B/ originals, etc. I ran thru a Thunderfunk 420, and a Schroeder 1210. I had the TFB420 set flat, if for no other reason than "it's flat, and that makes the bass the difference." I usually run it flat with electric anyway, tho I dial some mids out for DB...
    It's wired vol/vol/tone. The MM pup is series only. The DarkStar and MM pups are very similar volume wise this way. The OLP MM pup is not as "gritty" as a real Stingray, but still decent enough for it's own flavor. The DS is very clean, full and musical. There are several great flavors to be had by biasing the volume knobs a little to one pup or the other as well.
    For the $100 I paid for the bass+ $180 for the DS pup, I'm a very happy camper.
    I'd post more pics but my usb cable fritzed; I'll do so when I can.
     
  12. Rodent

    Rodent Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Regenerate Guitar Works
    This was a fun project that introduced me to Dark Stars - and what a spectacular introduction it was!

    Nothing too difficult on the install. I utilized StewMac's shielding paint for the first time on this bass, and even in the noisiest room in my home this bass was dead quiet! I will be using this shielding for most of my future work.

    The DS-3 in this bass is really a great p/u. It reacts almost like there's a compressor/limiter built into the bass - the more you dig in, the more you hear all the nuances of digging in tone wise ... but the volume remains fairly consistent. Every recording engineer who visited my shop while this was here wanted to track with it. One guy even went so far as to say that the tone from the DS was "everything he ever hoped to hear from a bass - it's all right there!"

    If you do install a DS, be sure that your soldering skills are up to snuff. Per the manufacturer:

    Chef has a killer bass that has the ability to pretty much do it all.

    Thanks for the opportunity on this!

    all the best,

    R
     
  13. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    You're thanking me for this? You got that backwards mate;)
    THANK YOU!
     
  14. Rodent

    Rodent Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Regenerate Guitar Works
    hey Chef,

    until you can link up images of your own ...

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    all the best,

    R
     
  15. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Thanks. I posted your pic over at the dudepit d/s forum as well...