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U-Retro into an OLP (Stingray clone)?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Aram, Jul 16, 2003.


  1. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    Does anyone know if a U-Retro preamp will work with this bass:

    http://www.olpguitars.com/usa/mm2_4_string_bass.htm

    I saw a posting on the Dudepit site where Mr. East said he wired a different Stingray clone (Tanglewood) with the U-Retro, but I couldn't find any other info on this topic.

    The OLP Stingray has two volumes (so I guess it's not a real humbucker?) and a passive tone. It would be great if the U-Retro could be wired to work with the stock pickup (or if not, maybe an SD MM replacement which is only another $70) using the blend knob in lieu of two volumes...Do you think any of this is feasible??

    Thanks in advance,
    Aram

    PS -- I tried posting this on the Dudepit, but I am having trouble registering. If anyone who's registered there wants to copy and paste it, please feel free to.
     
  2. There's 2 switches with the Uretro(Active/passive, and the selector for the pickups[blend active or not]) So they'd have to be drilled for....The selector switch for the pickups, if there's room, could be left inside the control cavity to keep from it having to be sliced off, and therefore, you can use it in another bass....But were it me, I'd put it in a bass that didn't require so much work, and had more than one pickup so that the blend Could be used fully to it's potential...I've played a few jazz basses that were nice, and only one OLP that was worth even picking up...It even played better than 2 of the 3 musicman basses in the shop....If you gotta good one, it'd be worth putting the money into, otherwise Warmoth is an option and fender standard jazz would be an option...
     
  3. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    Thanks Dry Water -- I just got an email with my registration info for the dudepit, so i'm going to post this over there too. Anyone else with info, please feel free to post here too :D

    -Aram
     
  4. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    Hi Groovecenter -- thanks for the suggestion. I definitely want the Retro, though, for a number of reasons (active/passive, sweepable mids, etc)...I'd rather deal with drilling and modifying the bass, than with a preamp I'll be unhappy with.

    I actually did post this thread on the dudepit, but so far no replies. Keep 'em coming though...

    -Aram
     
  5. ms747

    ms747

    Aug 10, 2001
    Australia
    hey aram
    i just got my olp mm3 5 string and i love the feel plays awesome, i have ordered a complete new seymour duncan system alnico pickup and preamp, (3 knob, stakced bass and treble, mid and volume) i will be getting it next week but on paper its sounding awesome, if you want to know more pm me, and i will lt you know how it sounds after the install
    cheers matt
     
  6. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    Hey Matt:

    Do you know if there's an active bypass option on the circuit you're getting? I didn't see that option on the site, but that would be cool if there was. Definitely post a review when you get it all hooked up.

    -Aram
     
  7. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    I'm not familiar with the SD preamp, but it is usually possible to wire an active/passive switch in with most preamps. They are usually wired to simply bypass the entire preamp.
     
  8. ms747

    ms747

    Aug 10, 2001
    Australia
    aram
    not sure mate?!
    i agreee with the other post though there is probably a way to set it up. i will put up a post once the install is complete, im sure alot of people will be sceptical because its an olp but i dont mind.
    have a good one
    cheers matt
     
  9. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    While we're on the topic, does anyone know if the MM pickup from Seymour Duncan can be wired entirely passive? (like volume - blend - tone)? Has anyone done that? I'm thinking I might get the J-retro outboard preamp (STMP-01) instead of modifying the bass...
     
  10. Sure. It's a passive P/U. Two coils in there, so you can blend or go vol/vol.
     
  11. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    Awesome -- thanks tufnuts! Do you know offhand if there's a schematic (sp?) of that wiring that I can download? Didn't see one on the SD website...

    -AC