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Two volume pots for the birds?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hhenry, May 20, 2011.

  1. MelodiousThump


    Jul 4, 2006
    I love the tones I can get from my Jazz bass, but I use my P-bass for gigging, partly because of the master volume factor.
  2. Yeah, I really don't like the VVT setup. I would rather have V/T/3-Way switch.
  3. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i'm not crazy about having two volume pots since i like to run my bass at 90% with 10% more available if i need it for a particular song, so in this one, i went with THREE volume pots (the small 5th knob is a master volume, with a cap and resisitor on it so it doesn't change tone when i back it off).


    on a passive jazz bass, i have a master volume, a 4 way rotary for the middle knob (bridge, both in parallel, neck, both in series).

    on my active j bass with emg's i have a master volume, passive balance and stacked treble & bass (the last small stacked knob):

  4. MelodiousThump


    Jul 4, 2006
    I play guitar, too. The Fender Telecaster has this set-up and it works very well.
  5. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    On actives I go with master vol, blend, and EQ controls. Pretty standard for actives.

    On passives I ALWAYS rip out the VVT stuff. It's for the birds!

    I have two solutions I use. One is that mentioned above. The first knob becomes master vol and the second knob is a rotary with Neck/series both/parallel both/bridge. My alternative, scheme is a master vol, A passive blend (which works pretty crappy as a blend control) and Tone. The volume has a push-pull switch for series/parallel. Mostly the "blend" control acts like a switch where you just flip it from max one way to max the other or at the detent to select, one the other or both pickups. You actually CAN get a blend going with some careful knob dialing, but it certainly does not work as well as an active blend.

    For the most part the rotary switch works just fine. I'm a big G&L fan anyway so switching works fine for me.
  6. The salesman at the store that sold me my second bass (Squier jazz) told me it was wired volume/blend/tone...:eyebrow:

    I was disappointed.

    I think it's a great idea, I may consider a mod in the coming months.

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