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Re: Onboard Guitar Pre-Amps/Boosters

Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:03 pm

I figured as much as well. We'll see. I'l be happy if it's reasonably close

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Post by vvv » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:50 pm

Me, I'd think a boost pedal a better option as it's usable for other axes and any guitarist who is deserving of yer time to record probably understands and knows how to use such a pedal.

But then I hate any on-board powered electronics because, ultimately, the battery is gonna be a issue one way or t'other.*


*Especially when the battery issue is leaking, like when ya forgot the thing was in there for a cuppla months/years.**

**Only ever happened to me with pedals, altho' I did have a lead break onna guitar and the guitar didn't work until it was fixt what was a PITA.
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Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:57 am

Just received and installed an Artec QTB on this thing. It's pretty great so far.
The boost is wired between the bridge pick-up and the switch. I eliminated the middle position on the switch (because the active and passive pick-ups don't combine very well and I never use that position on any guitar) and eliminated the tone knob (which I never use anyway). The boost is in the volume position and the volume is now in the tone position. The +14db setting seems to be a pretty good level to balance out the two pick-ups. +20 is nice for solos.
I was a bit stuck on what to do about the battery. In the end I decided to block the trem with wood and then I wired the battery into the trem spring cavity. I have never been a fan of strat style trems and blocking it was on my to do list anyway. The added bonus is that I don't have to take the pick guard off to change batteries. Win win.

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Post by dave watkins » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:13 pm

hell yeah, sounds like it all these mods are making for a unique instrument, definitely a bonus that you could get it sorted without having to route new cavities in the thing. Is the onboard boost sounding pretty comparable to what the micro amp was doing?
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Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:07 pm

Yep. It just means I can switch pick-ups on the fly without having to hit the pedal.

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