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    Quote Originally Posted by Samoht View Post
    I just noticed the Nordstrand Bigman. Is the preamp stock? Is the toggle a 3-way for parallel/split/series or some other 3-way or 2-way switching? What differences do you notice between the stock pickup & the Nordy?
    Hahahah..I am full of questions.
    Hay no problem, as spotted it’s a Nordstrand Big Man (there is a new one, BigMan split pickup for extra hum cancelling out now).
    The pre amp is John East and correct on the toggle switch, series/single/parallel although the single settings not that great as there is no dummy coil, couldn’t find a quality OnOn switch so settled for a three way.
    (My buttercream StingRay is set up exactly the same. All original parts are safely stashed away for both of them so I’m completely covered)

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

  2. #32

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    Forgot, difference between the stock and BigMan pickup, you can’t compare the two. Totally different. The original set up is very well balanced.
    New set up, with the pickup being twice as thick it just about squeezes in, no springs, no room for adjustment. If anything it’s a bit too powerful, Bongo power full plus some !

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    So the Big Man has much more output with the East pre than the original pickup with the East pre? Weird wild stuff! Thanks for the info.

  4. #34

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samoht View Post
    So the Big Man has much more output with the East pre than the original pickup with the East pre? Weird wild stuff! Thanks for the info.
    Yes definitely a very noticeable difference. The mid control is totally different and can be completely switched off and bypassed

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    I like having the mid sweep but I haven’t used it in a live setting yet, mostly because the bass/treble sound so good. I keep my treble in the detent and the bass just slightly beyond the detent. If I’m playing mostly near the nut on a song I’ll ever so slightly bump up the bass. Great preamp!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samoht View Post
    I like having the mid sweep but I haven’t used it in a live setting yet, mostly because the bass/treble sound so good. I keep my treble in the detent and the bass just slightly beyond the detent. If I’m playing mostly near the nut on a song I’ll ever so slightly bump up the bass. Great preamp!
    Same here, mid sweep I very rarely use, slight boosts on bass and treble according.
    Bongo, volume 70% with cuts at times

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Same here, mid sweep I very rarely use, slight boosts on bass and treble according.
    Bongo, volume 70% with cuts at times
    Speaking of Bongo, not to hijack your thread, but my favorite Bongo tone is Dave Larue's. I've been chasing his fingerstyle tone for a while now, and i can't quite get it. The closest I've come is 90%-100% bridge pickup, both mids at detent, treble 10%-0%, bass just beyond detent. I know he uses 50/50 pickup blend when he does slap stuff, but his fingerstyle tone is what I love the most. How do you run your Bongo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samoht View Post
    Speaking of Bongo, not to hijack your thread, but my favorite Bongo tone is Dave Larue's. I've been chasing his fingerstyle tone for a while now, and i can't quite get it. The closest I've come is 90%-100% bridge pickup, both mids at detent, treble 10%-0%, bass just beyond detent. I know he uses 50/50 pickup blend when he does slap stuff, but his fingerstyle tone is what I love the most. How do you run your Bongo?
    Single H Bongo, volume at 70% bass just off the dent in a plus direction tone and mid on the centre dent.
    I’m using it for tonight gig as been playing it lots recently

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Single H Bongo, volume at 70% bass just off the dent in a plus direction tone and mid on the centre dent.
    I’m using it for tonight gig as been playing it lots recently
    I have yet to try a Bongo H, or even of Bongo 4 string. I would imagine, with as comfortable as the Bongo5HH is, the 4 string Bongo would be the most comfortable bass ever. Especially with a rosewood neck.

  10. #40

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samoht View Post
    I have yet to try a Bongo H, or even of Bongo 4 string. I would imagine, with as comfortable as the Bongo5HH is, the 4 string Bongo would be the most comfortable bass ever. Especially with a rosewood neck.
    I’m super happy with mine, love it. It certainly inspires me to say the least

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    That’s not to say a 4HH Bongo would compliment my collection very nicely. I know what I want next anyways (unless a Big Al 4H comes along that is!)

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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