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stevekendal

Activating my Jazz

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I already have plenty of active basses and would like to boost my American Standard Jazz, whilst keeping the 3 knob plate and hopefully, not enlarging the cavity.I dont mind stacked controls and pull pots. Does anybody have practical experience with this and did it work?

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Simple an East J-Retro. Just replaces the existing plate with a 3-band active/passive pre-amp. Or another option is an Audere pre-amp. Same deal. I've used both and much prefer the East.

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The J-Tone is a simpler, (and cheaper) version of the J-Retro. You get Vol/Bal, (or 2xVols if you want), Bass, Treble and Passive Tone.
With the J-Retro you get additional Mid Level and Frequency.
If you don't need/want the Mid controls, go for the J-Tone.

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[quote name='ebenezer' timestamp='1492772163' post='3283071']
I like the look of the j-tone.....how much adjustment do we really need !!
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I like the mid-sweep control for mids on the J-Retro because sometimes using the two pickups together the mid-scoop can get a little too much. With the midsweep you can get a little extra boost on a narrow section of mids to make it *just* right: you still get the character of the two-pickups on of the Jazz, but with a little added definition. I find it very useful, and once you use it a few times you already know what setting you tend to like, so it's not like you need to tweak much, it's almost a set and forget setting.

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The J Retro is great, pretty much keeps the character but somehow tightens everything up. I fitted one only as a lazy way of fitting a pan pot instead of the VVT set up but loved what it did for the sound and the fact that I now don't need to visit my amp all night as I only need to tweak the tones on the bass.

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