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Re: Scratchy amplified sound

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Posted by anonymouse on January 23, 2002 at 12:04:25:

In Reply to: Scratchy amplified sound posted by John Precious on January 23, 2002 at 03:13:52:

I use a K&K Bass Max pick-up on a 3/4 Engelhardt.

1) I added a K&K preamp and it helped a lot on the tone quality (I plug into a SWR Workingman 10). Adjusting bass and treble as discussed earlier accordingly.

2) I played around with the positioning of the pick-up and the shim material. Don't jam the pick-up in too hard between the horns of the bridge. It should be in firm, but able to be moved with a little pressure. This helped my tone a lot. My pick-up is on the treble side of the bridge, the bass side fed back to much. I found that a thin piece of hardwood shim cut on a taper works best (better than the sax reed).

: I use a K&K Bass Max pickup & Golden Trinity Mic. on a carved German "blockless" bass through a GK MB150S amp using Velvet synthetic strings. The acoustic sound is fine, but when amplified I get a lot of scratchy fingering noises.

: If I remove all the treble and set the contour full left the scratchiness disappears, but so does the tone!

: Any suggestions about how to set the EQ to remove the very high frequencies while retaining the tone would be very much appreciated please?

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