Thunderbird kit questions

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by K Connor, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. K Connor

    K Connor

    Jul 28, 2019
    New member looking for ideas/ thoughts on a Solo Music Thunderbird kit. I got the kit for Christmas and finally got it together a couple weeks ago and the neck pickup wasn't going through. After some investigation I found out I have a dead volume pot. There is only one small spot where a little sound comes through. I was planning on upgrading the pots anyway so this is perfect. The kit came with 4 wire soapbars. My questions are:
    1) What capacitor would you suggest? Their kit came pre wired with a 2A683J cap on the tone
    2) Thoughts on push/pull for series/parallel or splitting?
  2. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    1) That is a 68 nF (0.068 uF) capacitor. Quite a high value for a bass or guitar, but it probably makes sense with the humbuckers your bass came with. Maybe a 0.047 uF capacitor would be a little better, but there is likely nothing wrong with your stock capacitor here. Some people go up to 0.1 uF if they want a dense, dubby tone.

    2) Not a fan, personally. I've decked out basses with this sort of stuff before, then found the three settings I would ever actually use. If you EQ your amp to make the humbucker settings shine then the single coil settings might sound a bit thin. Likewise a series/parallel setting is a big chop and change in output level. I've not made it work, but others might have had better luck.
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  3. K Connor

    K Connor

    Jul 28, 2019
    Thanks. I wasn't sure what to do with the cap (I couldn't find anything definitive) but was considering the push pull just as a what if and wanted someone else's opinion.
  4. PawleeP


    Oct 8, 2012
    East Coast
    .047 vs .068; the 068 will roll off more of the upper mids as you roll it off vs a .047; darker is good word, and a nominal difference will be noticed BETWEEN THE 2 since most capS have a variance of 10 or 20%
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  5. K Connor

    K Connor

    Jul 28, 2019
    20190805_154608.jpg Got it all put together. Thanks for the help.
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