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What to do with extra pot?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by BackToBassics90, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. BackToBassics90


    Jan 28, 2013
    Hey guys,

    First time posting here since I couldn't find anything through the search. Basically, I'm changing out the electronics on my Schecter Stiletto 4, where the preamp only utilizes three of the four holes drilled into the bass. I though I could just leave one of the old pots, not soldered to anything, and etch on it the "Suck Knob" as a joke... but then thought maybe it could function as SOMETHING... any thoughts?

    I'm gonna try for the EMG BTC System: http://www.emgpickups.com/products/index/137/146/4

    I'm thinking of also going for the 35DC in the neck/35CS for the bridge if that helps any.

    Let me know what you guys think!

  2. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    I read here somewhere that Lee Sklar kept an un-connected knob he called "The Producer's Knob." When the producer would complain about something or another, Lee would turn the knob a bit, play a few notes, and ask "How's that?" Invariably - it was fine then ...
  3. Up the dose

    Up the dose

    Mar 10, 2013
    The title of your post led me to believe this thread would be going in a different sort of direction. Oh well.
  4. You could replace the last pot with a push/pull knob, to switch between active and passive but also use it as a tone or blend pot for passive use.
  5. or a kill switch
  6. sxride


    Nov 19, 2005
    North New Jersey
    - not sure what pickups you're using, but a you can place a toggle switch there for series / parallel ....
    - you can also place a battery (level) indicator LED light.

    ... you may have to use a (black/chrome) washer for either, since I would assume that diameter would be a bit too big for an LED or mini toggle.
  7. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

    Nov 14, 2012
    Boston, MA
    I was gonna say ...

    My address is ..............
  8. BackToBassics90


    Jan 28, 2013
    Yeah I re-read that too... I guess you won't be.. Upping your dose this morning (hardy har), at least not for free.
  9. BackToBassics90


    Jan 28, 2013
    But I don't think I would want a passive sound on this bass, I love my jazz bass for passive. A kill switch might be cool though.
  10. BackToBassics90


    Jan 28, 2013
    This one seems the easiest to do so far.
  11. BackToBassics90


    Jan 28, 2013
    AHHHH Now that is interesting. How would that be done?

    The battery indicator I mean
  12. BackToBassics90


    Jan 28, 2013
    Honestly, this sounds like the best option. I don't NEED anything else and its not worth trying to add excess crap to drain the battery even more.
  13. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    Now that you bring it up, if I had a place for it, I'd install a power switch. PITA to unplug all the time just to keep the preamp powered down... If my basses lived in cases it would be one thing, but pretty much, they live out in the open on stands...
  14. Passive tone control.
  15. BackToBassics90


    Jan 28, 2013
    I think that's a great idea, I have a tendency to leave the dang cable plugged in and a switch would be very helpful.
  16. Freez


    Nov 8, 2008
    there is no such thing as extra pot. it's a myth; like extra money...
  17. Ronbassman


    Jun 1, 2011
    I like the series/parallel idea. More options at your disposal.
  18. ex-tension


    Jun 11, 2009
    If there isn't a special reason for using 'BTC System' you can use 'BTS System' instead. In 'BTS Control' page it says: "The BTS Control is essentially the same as the BTC Control but instead of a concentric pot, the controls are separate."

    Please see this thread about it:
  19. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    OK - I did - but I don't know what point you're making.
    That it will pop if I switch it off with the amp on?
    I already have to turn the volumes down (and usually switch off the amp) when I unplug.

    If you were making a different point, let me know because I missed it.
  20. ex-tension


    Jun 11, 2009
    You're right, I was pointing out the pop issue.
    As I said in that thread, it's possible if the volume pot is at the output of the preamp.
    But still not a good idea (or worth the risk) if you ask me. Imagine flipping that switch while the bass is connected to a big, live PA system.