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Sterling 4 HS settings question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kramerj, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. kramerj

    kramerj Supporting Member

    May 22, 2003
    Iowa City, IA

    I have played a single H Sterling 4 (American) for a number of years. It's strung with Ernie Ball flats and is the main bass I play at gigs--in a 7-piece folk-rock band, a 3-piece folk trio, and a 5-piece Turkish group. Recently I had an opportunity to purchase a Sterling HS strung with DR Hi-Beams. It's a beauty, lightweight, and has incredibly fast action.

    At home, it's fun to explore the wide range of tone settings provided by the additional neck pickup. I especially like using all coils because of the enhanced note thickness and volume consistency across the strings.

    However, on gigs, I'm finding the Single H (series) setting does the job best---just as it does on the other bass. I use a wireless during sound checks in order to get an idea of how the bass sounds in the band mix from the audience's perspective. The all-coils setting that sounds great at home is just not as articulate as the single H and tends to get a bit lost. Granted, the bass is still quite new, and I haven't explored the bass, middle, and treble knobs completely. I have no problem using both basses with the single H setting--the flats and roundwounds provide nice variation--but I wondered whether some of you HS owners have other settings that work well on gigs. I got a couple of good suggestions on the Ernie Ball Forum and wanted to see if others here wanted to chime in.



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