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#1 stevekendal

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 02:37 PM

I already have plenty of active basses and would like to boost my American Standard Jazz, whilst keeping the 3 knob plate and hopefully, not enlarging the cavity.I dont mind stacked controls and pull pots. Does anybody have practical experience with this and did it work?

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 03:02 PM

Simple an East J-Retro. Just replaces the existing plate with a 3-band active/passive pre-amp. Or another option is an Audere pre-amp. Same deal. I've used both and much prefer the East.
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Posted 14 April 2017 - 03:04 PM

Yup - East for the win.
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Posted 14 April 2017 - 03:55 PM

Cheers. The East looks good to me.

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 10:04 AM

Ah, now it gets complicated. There's
the J-Tone and the J-Retro.

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 10:18 AM

The J-Tone is a simpler, (and cheaper) version of the J-Retro. You get Vol/Bal, (or 2xVols if you want), Bass, Treble and Passive Tone.
With the J-Retro you get additional Mid Level and Frequency.
If you don't need/want the Mid controls, go for the J-Tone.
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 10:20 AM

I just want the more punchy active sound, with no losses on the lead.

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 10:44 AM

the J-retro will give you that in spades... I have one on my Jazz 5..
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 02:04 PM

J-Retro! :)

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:56 AM

I like the look of the j-tone.....how much adjustment do we really need !!

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:35 AM

View Postebenezer, on 21 April 2017 - 10:56 AM, said:

I like the look of the j-tone.....how much adjustment do we really need !!

I like the mid-sweep control for mids on the J-Retro because sometimes using the two pickups together the mid-scoop can get a little too much. With the midsweep you can get a little extra boost on a narrow section of mids to make it *just* right: you still get the character of the two-pickups on of the Jazz, but with a little added definition. I find it very useful, and once you use it a few times you already know what setting you tend to like, so it's not like you need to tweak much, it's almost a set and forget setting.

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(1) MusicMan SUB (2003, 2EQ). white/rosewood
(2) Maruszczyk Jake 4 P/JJ (2015), natural, maple fingerboard
(3) MusicMan Stingray (2002, 2EQ - now with John East MMSR 3-band preamp), natural with maple fingerboard.
(4) Maruszczyk Jake 4 Jazz (2017), translucent purple / maple fingerboard
(4) Fender Precision Classic 50 (2014), fiesta red, maple fingerboard


and also:
Maruszczyk Jake 4 revP (2015), red, maple fingerboard / Squier Jazz (1994) red, with J-Retro / Squier Precision JJ Matt Freeman (2014) vintage white & maple
JHS Vintage EJM96 Jazz (2005), black/rosewood / Squier Precision Mike Dirnt (2007) olympic white maple / Sue Ryder RP-1 (2011) fretless white /
-
MarkBass LM3 (2009) +
TKS S112 (x2) / Barefaced Two10
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