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Potless Bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Mythical Basst, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Mythical Basst

    Mythical Basst

    Jul 20, 2011
    Hey, recently my cheap p bass wiring had broken and the only way to fix it without spending money (I don't have money) was to rewire without the pots. I connected everything quite well by holding the wires, tips and sleeves together with fuse wire wrapped tightly and multiple times round the joins (I can't afford a soldering iron or solder).

    Anyway, the tone I've got is something which I really like and I was wondering if you guys would be interested in hearing it (the strings are 2 months old [I play them a lot :bassist: ] and kind of need to be replaced so don't judge the strings :p ). Also it is very loud now :D
  2. A lot of people like the brighter tone with minimal resistive loading against the pickups. I think there is a club for this somewhere.
  3. Mythical Basst

    Mythical Basst

    Jul 20, 2011
    Oh, I've only been playing bass for about 8 months and thought I was special.. I couldn't find much about it before I did it .
  4. Going straight out like that is like having the volume up full, and then some. There is almost 0 resistance between the pups and the output. That means you will have to control your volume and tone directly from the amp. Nothing wrong with that, perse, but if you need any control at all during a song, you can't just turn up/ down or adjust tone on the fly. This may work fine if you're playing alone, and don't need to make any fine adjustments, however.

    I'm not sure if it's still around, but I had some soldering tape years ago for quick emergency repairs. You could use a match or lighter to melt it. It was pretty cheap too.
  5. Wow...can't imagine living without a "tone" pot....
  6. Where are you located? Perhaps a forum member is nearby and can lend you a hand.
  7. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I wonder if it would be possible to wire a bass so at the flip of a switch, it could be either potless or potted.
  8. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    That's what I say to every guitarist I see without one!
  9. Bassist Emory Gordy Jr used to run the pots bypassed in his P. If a producer asked for a different tone, he had a switch mounted on the pickguard which was connected to nothing. He would flick the switch and the producer would be happy. I believe a session guitarist, maybe Tommy Tedesco or someone like that, had a "producer switch" too.
  10. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Very easy to do.
  11. I have an Ibanez GSR200 with a DiMarzio model J wired straight to the out, very angry growly tone.
  12. Works like this with one volume.
  13. Mythical Basst

    Mythical Basst

    Jul 20, 2011
    I think it actually gives you more control over your tone and volume because from an eq pedal or a decent amp head a lot more tones become available because of your fuller frequency range :)
  14. Mythical Basst

    Mythical Basst

    Jul 20, 2011
    what's wrong with what I've done?
  15. Nothing, really. I think what JimInRadfordVA was asking for, is someone near you may have a soldering gun and could do a proper solder job, or possibly fix it on the cheap or free for you or maybe has pots you could use. I would, if close.
  16. It's preferable to use an iron, rather than a gun.
  17. Mythical Basst

    Mythical Basst

    Jul 20, 2011
    Man, I'm not used to such warmth :) bassists are great, but I don't think anyone lives near my little Scottish village..
  18. Craig_S

    Craig_S Banned

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Potless Bass?
    ssssssssssssssssss... *cough* Dude *cough cough* that's sad :(

    Soldering will make a better, more solid connection. If it works for you, though...
  19. My bad. :oops:

    Old sheet metal worker, so "Soldering Iron" has a slightly different meaning.
    Maybe I could have said "pencil" ?
  20. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    Tony Levin had a three-string StingRay with no pots -- lost it in a barn fire.

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