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Spector Classic Legend 8 String.

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Hi all. I’m totally new to the world of Spector, I’ve been after an 8 string for a while and this was about the best of the lot in my opinion (in this price bracket and what I’ve personally seen anyway).it’s only a base model I’m guessing.  I brought it new, given it a good set up and it’s playing lovely now, the machine heads let it down but that’s soon remedied (new Wilkinson’s in the post) but anyways...... 

the Tonepump. It’s a bit ??..... hot. Open the volume just ever so slightly and it’s boomy and starting to break up on 1. Bass and tone pots all the way off. It’s possible to get a nice tone but takes some fiddling and completely new amp settings. 
I’ve done a bit of reading on here and some useful reading. I was hoping I could adjust the gain on it with the rim pot but it doesn’t seem to have one, or I’m looking in wrong place. It looks like a hole has been drilled in the top.. there is no screw in there I’ve had a poke!

any suggestions?  
cheers 

Dan 

 

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Posted (edited)

Bit of an obvious one, but have you tried new batteries?

Low battery power can cause a preamp to distort.

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2 hours ago, Cato said:

Bit of an obvious one, but have you tried new batteries?

Low battery power can cause a preamp to distort.

That’s a brand new battery, fist thing I did was put a new one in. 

From what I’ve read that’s just the nature of that pre amp 

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If your after a TonePump with a trimpot give me a shout, 

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I had one of these, bought it stupid cheap off eBay; speculative bid that nobody bettered.

Detested the Tonepump Jnr, muddy/just horrific.  Pulled that out a few days after I got it and went passive for a bit, then put a John East unit in it, afterwhich it came alive.  Used it for some recording and then it just sat gathering dust.

Sold it on a couple of months ago.

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I had one of those briefly, and didn't have the distortion in it. Wasn't totally impressed by the tonepump and would have probably done something else if I hadn't returned it (Not because it was bad, just because I got a dean 8 string really cheap right after it).

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So what are people’s favourite upgrades regarding pickups and pre amps? 

I Have just fitted the new machine heads. Bit of filing required but it’s staying in tune now so all good on that front 

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8 strings? Wow, four too many for my skill level 😉 

Preamp recommendations:

1. Hazlab (but pretty expensive), 2. Tonepump with trimpot. 3. Aguilar OBP 2 or 3

Pickup recommendations:

1. EMG 35P4X, 2. EMG 35DCX or a combination of both (P4X for the neck, DCX for the bridge)

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2 hours ago, Eldon Tyrell said:

8 strings? Wow, four too many for my skill level 😉 

Preamp recommendations:

1. Hazlab (but pretty expensive), 2. Tonepump with trimpot. 3. Aguilar OBP 2 or 3

Pickup recommendations:

1. EMG 35P4X, 2. EMG 35DCX or a combination of both (P4X for the neck, DCX for the bridge)

In answer to this, as a previous owner of one of these, I'm not of the opinion that there's anything specifically wrong with the stock pickups, but (IMO) the pairing of these with the Tonepump Jr was/is a disaster; it added nothing but mush to the output tone and the stocks were considerably more responsive/dynamic once the pre-amp was out of the circuit.

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21 hours ago, Eldon Tyrell said:

8 strings? Wow, four too many for my skill level 😉 

Preamp recommendations:

1. Hazlab (but pretty expensive), 2. Tonepump with trimpot. 3. Aguilar OBP 2 or 3

Pickup recommendations:

1. EMG 35P4X, 2. EMG 35DCX or a combination of both (P4X for the neck, DCX for the bridge)

Ok thank you I will look them up

 

18 hours ago, NancyJohnson said:

In answer to this, as a previous owner of one of these, I'm not of the opinion that there's anything specifically wrong with the stock pickups, but (IMO) the pairing of these with the Tonepump Jr was/is a disaster; it added nothing but mush to the output tone and the stocks were considerably more responsive/dynamic once the pre-amp was out of the circuit.

Did you just remove/bypass the preamp and set it up passive with the original pickups ? 

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11 minutes ago, danny-79 said:

Did you just remove/bypass the preamp and set it up passive with the original pickups ? 

Initially, I just de-soldered everything, then popped out the unit and battery box.  I found a wiring schematic online and just re-did the wiring.  When I installed the John East, I went with a Uni Pre-4 unit (https://www.east-uk.com/product/uni-pre-4-knob/).

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Just now, NancyJohnson said:

Initially, I just de-soldered everything, then popped out the unit and battery box.  I found a wiring schematic online and just re-did the wiring [edit - the pickups are passive, it's only the Tonepump Jnr that effectively makes the bass active].  When I installed the John East, I went with a Uni Pre-4 unit (https://www.east-uk.com/product/uni-pre-4-knob/); there was adequate space insde the body cavity to accommodate this.

 

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I've looked at these, but the problem is I don't like actually playing an 8-string; I either don't press hard enough and get fret bzz fom the thin string or I press too hard and get a sore finger.

I've just bought a Digitech Mosaic octave doubler pedal instead...

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15 minutes ago, prowla said:

I've looked at these, but the problem is I don't like actually playing an 8-string; I either don't press hard enough and get fret bzz fom the thin string or I press too hard and get a sore finger.

I've just bought a Digitech Mosaic octave doubler pedal instead...

This one is surprisingly easy to play. It’s exactly the same neck as the four string version, (it’s exactly the same bass as the four string version just different bridge and machine head holes, the extra four octave strings have just been squeezed in there) personality I don’t think it  feel awkward at all unlike some I’ve tried and I’ve tried a fair few. 

Octave pedals are great, not tried the one you mentioned. 

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