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  • Simplified volume (aka "just one knob")?

    So I've got a Brice HXB-406 with active electronics - push-pull active/passive/volume, blend, and two tone knobs. I don't need all those knobs. I always run my tones all the way up, and the blend in the middle. Is it practical to rewire the thing so I just have volume? I want to replace the pickups eventually, and thought about having a simpler knob configuration.

    For those of you who can read electrical hieroglyphics, here's the wiring diagram: http://www.rondomusic.com/photos/bass/hxbdiag.jpg

  • #2

    Bypassing the blend should be no problem.

    If you bypass boost/cut active tone controls it would be like running them in the middle, not all the way up. You could maybe replace the tone pots with mini-pots inside the control cavity, but you'd have to figure out something to mount them on.


    • sunburstbasser
      sunburstbasser commented
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      Pull up on the volume knob to set your bass to passive mode. That should be pretty close to the tone you get without the active electronics. If that is a sound that works for you, it'll be easy to wire it up.

    • jfh2112
      jfh2112 commented
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      lz4005 wrote:

      If you bypass boost/cut active tone controls it would be like running them in the middle, not all the way up.

      So that's why it's called boost and cut - that's actually what they do.

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    • jfh2112
      jfh2112 commented
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      It looks like I would have to set the bass in a chair, then walk around to the front of it to operate that knob.


      Alternately, I could probably get an audience member to turn it for me.