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My next project will have 2 sets of passive Prescision pickups. Duncan Design/MIM 250k pots.

I want to minimize the number of pots.

I'm thinking master volume/blend/tone.

I might consider volume/volume/direct to jack.

Do you have any ideas?

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2 stacked knobs with volume and tone for each pickup, just like the old Jazz basses used to.

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4 minutes ago, paul_5 said:

2 stacked knobs with volume and tone for each pickup, just like the old Jazz basses used to.

Hmmm... I did have that thought in the back of my cranium,  I do only need a single tone and would mostly use the neck pickup.  So maybe just use the bridge as a stacked with the tone control....

I could probably get by with a dummy pickup in the bridge...

 

On the the stacked Jazz how was the stack configured?  I have a stacked on another guitar and I wired it bottom volume/top tone.

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If I was having a master tone control then  I think I’d have the 2 volumes on a single stacked knob and the tone control on its own.

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Maybe master vol/tone and a 3-way selector switch? Never tried a double P, but on a Jazz I found I only ever used either pickup soloed or both up full!

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2 hours ago, AngelDeVille said:

I want to minimize the number of pots.

1. Blend knob (or a selector switch)
2. Tone knob.

No volume control.

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2 hours ago, AngelDeVille said:

Hmmm... I did have that thought in the back of my cranium,  I do only need a single tone and would mostly use the neck pickup.  So maybe just use the bridge as a stacked with the tone control....

I could probably get by with a dummy pickup in the bridge...

 

On the the stacked Jazz how was the stack configured?  I have a stacked on another guitar and I wired it bottom volume/top tone.

Other way round 

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17 minutes ago, AngelDeVille said:

I had an ex-wife like that.

She speaks very highly of you though - when she is talking of course 😒

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WRT the stacked knob wiring I’d put the one that you use the most on the top-it’s easier to get hold of that one on a gig.

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3 minutes ago, paul_5 said:

WRT the stacked knob wiring I’d put the one that you use the most on the top-it’s easier to get hold of that one on a gig.

I may have to experiment, pinky on the body is how I turn the controls most of the time.

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A straight to the jack wiring through a 3 way switch and basta. Works fine. The question you should ask yourself is Do I sometimes use the volume or the tone ?

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On 29/11/2019 at 16:44, itu said:

A PRS-type tone switch?

I’m not sure what that is. Is it like a vari-tone?

On 30/11/2019 at 03:08, Hellzero said:

A straight to the jack wiring through a 3 way switch and basta. Works fine. The question you should ask yourself is Do I sometimes use the volume or the tone ?

I use the volume more dynamically than tone, tone is either on zero or 11.

thats why I think I could go straight to jack and have a master volume and blend.

on another 2 pickup bass I have 2 volume/straight to jack, and may convert it.

I had a guitar with a vari-tone. It was a 7 position tone control with a chicken head knob, I only liked 3 and 7. 
 

I’ll research components for the vari-tone, that could work as well

master vol/blend/vari-tone. But same or more components as my original though.. and probably more complicated. 

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PRS has this simple switch that controls tone on/off. You could do a bit similar with a capacitor and a trimmer (Smith may have had a coil in the circuitry, too). When the switch connects the components to the signal line, you get a preset tone you want, as you can adjust the trimmer to your preference. When the switch is off, the parts are not in the signal route.

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3 hours ago, itu said:

PRS has this simple switch that controls tone on/off. You could do a bit similar with a capacitor and a trimmer (Smith may have had a coil in the circuitry, too). When the switch connects the components to the signal line, you get a preset tone you want, as you can adjust the trimmer to your preference. When the switch is off, the parts are not in the signal route.


ohh that sounds nice!

I’ll  have to research how it’s done. 

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My second pickup just arrived and I made a command decision earlier to order a couple blend pots.

So officially she is going to be master vol/blend/tone.

It seems to be the least complicated way to go, and I’m familiar with its use.

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