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Open Pot Slot..What to do with it..

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by SleazeBass, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. SleazeBass


    Aug 17, 2012
    I have a Ibanez SB900le that im putting passive pickups in, for those that dont know it was sent out as an active bass with 4 pots, seeing as ill only need 3 now what should I do with this extra slot...lets do some frankensteining!
  2. TwinBass


    Oct 5, 2007
    Spokane, WA
    Series / Parallel switch?
  3. Hactar


    Sep 25, 2011
    Boulder, CO
    Series/Parallel sounds nice, also, killswitch or mute switch?
  4. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Insert cool nickname? Nobody's given me one yet. Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
    After mixing things up a bit, I had an open position on my pg, so I had a Stellartone Tonestyler installed. To be honest, I'm not particularly impressed with my decision, but you asked what could be done and certainly another would feel their bass differently than I. So, there you go.
  5. Rodger Bryan

    Rodger Bryan Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    I once installed a "dummy" switch in a Westone- a bright, red plastic momentary button from Radio shack. When asked about it, I called it an eject button, turbo booster, remote electric bidet switch, etc.
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009

    the tonestyler is not a bad idea, you could use it with a regular tone knob; the tonestyler basically replaces the cap in the tone pot circuit (that's what it is, a set of different caps you select between); choose the cutoff frequency with the tonestyler knob, turn it down with the tone knob.
  7. Dummy switch that does nothing but occupy the void. Call it a panic button or mojo booster.
  8. abemo


    Feb 27, 2012
    Arvada, co
    I've been meaning to add a pot to one of my basses that would be a low pass distortion (like a tone knob, but distorts the high freqs instead of rolling them off). Still working on the finish of the ax in question though, so I couldn't tell you how it sounds.
  9. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    That is cool.

  10. Bo_H


    Jul 2, 2004
    Had one myself. Called it a "mojo" knob.
  11. eddododo


    Apr 7, 2010
    Add a switchable buffer- not a preamp but jfet buffer or something to prevent tonesuck from cable runs
  12. eddododo


    Apr 7, 2010
    Or a hpf ! I have a few I built lying around
  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Put beer in the control cavity. Stick a straw in the hole. Enjoy!
  14. Cadfael


    Jan 4, 2013
    Germany, EU
    Beer is always an excellent solution ... :D

    But an even better solution might be the "mojo" knob.

    "I have $10 left. What shall I do with it?"
    "Save it and wait until you know what you are missing / need ..."

    A wrote a compilation with more than 300 wiring diagrams.
    I did this to show "historic bass wiring evolution" AND because people have diffenent needs.
    I was born in the early 1960s and so I witnessed the 1980s with its "switch as switch can" mentality (and joined it). My personal experiance:

    Keep It Shot & Simple.
    Build in what you need - but nothing more ...
    Knowing the setting of your instrument in 0.5 seconds is more important / usefull than many possibilities.
  15. Get it wired it for stereo & mono out, Rickenbacker style. Of course, you'll need a second amp but the tone possibilities will be incredible. You'll thank me later.
  16. Cadfael


    Jan 4, 2013
    Germany, EU
    Hi 4001,

    but only if you have two channels at the mixer and if the man at the mixer is willing to make the bass stereo. And the second question is what the audiance in the left or right may think - as they don't know how the bass sounds on the other side of the room ...

  17. ...or call it a "sound guy/producer switch," for those occasions when you need to mindf**k such people.
  18. At all of the gigs I've played using that rig I've been able to get two channels citing one is clean and one is effects and I don't think it goes left and right so much as both channels used make for just a better sound altogether. I havent been turned down on it....yet....

    And.......it's great for recording. Think about it...
  19. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    My next build will use passive p'ups with an R/C network to prevent the tone from changing when I adjust the volume, and three knobs: volume, passive tone control, and a high-pass filter to cut the rumble to suit the cabs and venue. And the input jack will be near the strap pin! ;)
  20. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    On board effects loop!

    Or just put a random knob on there. Turn it in a psuedo-meaningful manner during gigs to confuse bassists in the audience.