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rewireing an active bass..good idea?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by beyondhairy, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. i just got a schecter custom-4 and i love it, but i hate basses that have 2 volume knobs... i hear changing one of them to a balance would possibly affect the tone in a way for the worst... is this possible that replacing a volume knob with a balance knob could negatively affect my tone?
  2. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    I've never heard that. One of my basses has a single volume pot and a blend (balance) pot, but I never mix the pickups. It's got a MM in the typical sweet spot (near the bridge) and a single-coil J in the neck position. I play one or the other, never a blend.

    It makes sense theoretically that a balance pot (especially a cheap one) could cut some of the harmonics more than running them through individual volume pots. But I've never A/B'ed a 2-pickup bass to try it out.

    I suppose the trick would be to use a blend control that is actually two concetric volume pots wound in opposite directions, rather than a single differential pot.

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