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STEINBERGER Q5 V1 electronics

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by fernandobicho2, Jan 4, 2017.


  1. fernandobicho2

    fernandobicho2

    Aug 30, 2011
    Hello! I need some helpe on this, please...
    I've bought a Steinberger Q5 V1, but the electronics seems changed... It has a non linked Haz Labs preamp in one cavity (it's there stored but not working) and a passive preamp with a battery for the EMGs aktiv PUs.
    Can anyone tell me what electronics came from origin and why the bass has two cavities?...
    thanks in advance
    unnamed%201.
     
  2. Be_eM

    Be_eM

    Jul 27, 2013
    Bavaria, Germany
    I see nothing that looks like a HazLabs board, and I don't know what a "passive preamp" would be. A battery for the EMGs plus three 25k pots and a capacitor make a complete set of passive controls for active pickups. Which is what this bass seems to have. Like all other basses there has been a passive EQ and an active EQ option, so this bass could have been both originally. As far as I remember the second cavity has just been there for weight relief, as the Q4/Q5 v1 is a heavy beast. Do you have a pic of the board you're referring to?
     
  3. fernandobicho2

    fernandobicho2

    Aug 30, 2011
    unnamed.
    Thank you for your help. I've understood. I just don't see any option to passive/active. The preamp I show in this picture was in the second cavity, but not linked. The extra input jack it's there because the previous owner have run a wireless system from there. I would like to put the bass like was in the origin, but I don't find any information. My idea it's those basses used to have EMG, Bartolinis and Basslines pickups but the preamp wass HazLabs in all units. The EMG worked with a 9volt battery and passive pots... But I don't know the role of the Hazlabs preamp in this bass. He plays well passive mode with the EMGs, battery and pots... But I'm confused about the rest. I would like to find someone owner of an equal bass and be shure about the state of this bass to decide how to restore it to original condition.
    Many thanks for your help. cheers
     
  4. Be_eM

    Be_eM

    Jul 27, 2013
    Bavaria, Germany
    Ah, yes, this is the correct HazLabs active EQ v1. There's a later version (just like on the guitars as well) with a dual concentric pot for separate bass/treble EQ. But this one in the pic above should be where the pots are now in your bass. Apparently the previous owner has removed it and put it into the second cavity for being able to restore the bass later.

    I'm just not sure if the wire color codes are the same as on guitar. As I cannot read that in the pic above, could you make a list of wire color and the text which is the previous owner wrote onto the sticker? I could compare that to the guitar wiring and find out possible differences.
     
  5. fernandobicho2

    fernandobicho2

    Aug 30, 2011
    I'm not near the bass these days. But soon as I can I'll do it... But, just one question: So, the active EMGs work well with this active Hazlabs preamp?
    Maybe the owner taked off the Haz labs and simply put on his place the pots and the battery?
    thak you
     
  6. Be_eM

    Be_eM

    Jul 27, 2013
    Bavaria, Germany
    Yes, exactly. The HazLabs boards are designed to work (primarily) with EMG pickups, which were the standard equipment on all Steinberger instruments. And yes, the previous owner simply replaced this board by pots. The battery is always required, with and without the HazLabs board.
     
  7. fernandobicho2

    fernandobicho2

    Aug 30, 2011
    Thank you. You give a great help.
     
  8. chaypup

    chaypup

    Dec 24, 2010
    Hi - I've just bought this (exact) bass from Bass Direct! What strings did you put on it? Thanks :)
     
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Not that it's much help now, but that upper cavity only contained the batteries. Why they did a whole extra cavity for that I have no idea! Maybe to cut down on weight.
     
  10. MPU

    MPU

    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    I use Status strings on my headless basses. I've tried LaBella, D'Addario and some other brands but Status has been clear winner.
     
  11. Be_eM

    Be_eM

    Jul 27, 2013
    Bavaria, Germany
    Exactly for that reason. The XQ v1 is heavy.
     
  12. fernandobicho2

    fernandobicho2

    Aug 30, 2011
    Hello. I don't know what strings are. I didn't change them. I just send the bass back to bassdirect because the electronic changes were much confuse to me and I've found a new Q5. Great instrument anyway.
     
  13. chaypup

    chaypup

    Dec 24, 2010
    Thank you :)
     
  14. chaypup

    chaypup

    Dec 24, 2010
    It is - my new favourite bass! Where did you get your other Q5 from?
     
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  15. fernandobicho2

    fernandobicho2

    Aug 30, 2011
    Hi. I've bought from a fellow in Madeira Islands. It's the V2 version.
    In ebay they go for 2000 usd
     

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