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Apr 6 17 5:47 PM

jesse decarlo wrote:
If you wire the bass with a blend knob then there is only one volume knob.

So, if the blend is centered, you can adjust that one volume knob and always have equal output from both pickups at any volume.

Or, if you find another position on the blend knob you like, you can adjust the volume knob while still maintaining that balance.

With the usual alternative (2 volume pots and no blend), if you are using some combination of the 2 pickups it is very difficult to adjust the volume without also changing the balance.

Ok, I see now. That actually does sound like a good deal. So the one Vol is acting like a Master.  The less to deal with and think about the better. I often think a Les Paul has three extra knobs.

I'll add that to my list to pick up.  Thanks for the heads up on that.
 

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Apr 6 17 9:10 PM

my Status-Graphite has a pickup blend knob. 
But in truth I only ever use it as a switch. 
It's always one pickup or the other or (almost always) both. 
I don't have any use for in between 'blends'. 

Just like panning!

 

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Apr 6 17 11:01 PM

Duck Dunn was once quoted in an article I read about twenty-five years ago that he hadn't changed his strings (flatwound, I believe) since he bought his bass new- in 1957.

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Apr 6 17 11:13 PM

I've been playing my '66 Jazz since 1970. Original Fender pickups. It and every other one I've ever heard are notorious for a god-awful hum unless ( as noted by other posters) both pickups are turned up to the max, a treble-heavy sound I do not relish. I recently replaced Leo's design with XMG active pickups. They sound pretty good, though the battery (I'm using a garage door opener 12 volt) doesn't last very long, and will be gone in 24 hours if I leave it at the studio plugged in.  Three-four gigs a week, lasts about three months.
 

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Apr 7 17 7:47 AM

I remember boiling my strings weekly when I was a kid..

I put GHS "Precision Flatwounds" on my EB-3 a few years ago and I'm not particularly happy with the extremely low tension of the E and A strings, any thoughts about short scale flats?

Last Edited By: zmix Apr 7 17 1:08 PM. Edited 1 time.

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Apr 7 17 8:36 AM

Chuck, I'd just make sure the gauge is as high as they offer. the LaBella "James Jamerson Signature" flatwounds are pretty heavy.... .052-.110

I just looked up Rotosound flatwounds and it seems their most popular set is .045-.100 which would be quite a difference in tension if that's what you got

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Apr 7 17 9:42 AM

It's always seemed to me that the shorter scale of Gibson and similar length necks inherently lend themselves to looser string tensions, most noticeable on the E and A strings.  Aside from the difference in sound which is totally a taste-preference thing, the difference in tension translates to a difference in action, and thus playability.  That "bassy" sound of a shorter scale for my taste gets really diluted with shorter strings, sometimes compensated for by greater diameter strings. But then we get into the action questions of round wound vs. flat-wound, and the discussion starts anew. Personal styles range all over the map, thankfully, and the kind of music a bass is playing will further influence choice/sound/action/style. 

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Apr 7 17 1:19 PM

soapfoot wrote:
Chuck, I'd just make sure the gauge is as high as they offer. the LaBella "James Jamerson Signature" flatwounds are pretty heavy.... .052-.110

I just looked up Rotosound flatwounds and it seems their most popular set is .045-.100 which would be quite a difference in tension if that's what you got

I'm specifically asking about strings for a short scale bass. the only Rotosound set I've found in short scale are 0.040 to 0.090.. yuk!
 ghs only make short scale flatwounds in 0.045 to 0.095, which are horrible...

Labella make a "Deep Talking Bass" short scale set that are 0.52-0.110


Half the strings listed here are long scale..:


http://www.bassstringsonline.com/Short-Scale-Flatwound-Bass-Strings_c_740.html




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Apr 7 17 2:37 PM

weedywet wrote:
I don't get the dead strings cult. 

There's nothing good about it. 

Agreed 

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Apr 7 17 2:38 PM

zmix wrote:
I remember boiling my strings weekly when I was a kid..


I put GHS "Precision Flatwounds" on my EB-3 a few years ago and I'm not particularly happy with the extremely low tension of the E and A strings, any thoughts about short scale flats?

Yep boiled them.  Changed them weekly on the road for 10+ years...

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Apr 7 17 2:39 PM

jesse decarlo wrote:
Wait, why can't you just buy the long-scale strings you like and cut off the extra length...?

Old school. 

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Apr 7 17 3:21 PM

soapfoot wrote:
Chuck, I'd just make sure the gauge is as high as they offer. the LaBella "James Jamerson Signature" flatwounds are pretty heavy.... .052-.110

I just looked up Rotosound flatwounds and it seems their most popular set is .045-.100 which would be quite a difference in tension if that's what you got

Im pretty sure those are the strings I have on full scale and they are not tight and snappy by any stretch of the imagination. The E is pretty wobbly imo. So I would think it worse on short scale. Not a lot to go on but it's kind of a big lumbering setup in my limited opion.

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Apr 7 17 3:27 PM

silvertone wrote:

zmix wrote:
I remember boiling my strings weekly when I was a kid..



 

Yep boiled them.  Changed them weekly on the road for 10+ years...

So if I get some roundwounds I can boil them? Is that still a valid way to go?

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Apr 7 17 4:16 PM

jesse decarlo wrote:
Wait, why can't you just buy the long-scale strings you like and cut off the extra length...?

You're only supposed to wrap the silk-covered part of the string around the post. If you wrap the the actual windings around the post they're supposed to come loose and break more easily.
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So if I get some roundwounds I can boil them? Is that still a valid way to go?

You can boil any kind of string except tapewound, I'd think, it doesn't work well on any of them.

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jesse decarlo

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Apr 7 17 5:42 PM

seth wrote:

jesse decarlo wrote:
Wait, why can't you just buy the long-scale strings you like and cut off the extra length...?

You're only supposed to wrap the silk-covered part of the string around the post. If you wrap the the actual windings around the post they're supposed to come loose and break more easily.

Oh, right! Well, I think my EB-0 has long-scale D'Addario flats on it, on which I was able to leave some of the silk when I cut off the ends and still have a reasonable amount of wrap on the posts. It doesn't look as slick as having the right length string, where the silk starts just above the nut, but it is fully functional.

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