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    Nice piece - looking forward to hearing how the coil split goes

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrapperJ View Post
    Nice piece - looking forward to hearing how the coil split goes
    There are a bunch of resistors and capacitors attached to the tone pot so it's not as easy a mod as it could be.

    That being said, there is a VERY easy DoItYourself test you can do to hear the sounds and decide whether or not you want to invest in the modification.

    1) Remove the back cavity cover
    2) Find the two wires from the neck pickup which are shrink-wrapped together and not connected to anything else
    3) Slide off the heat shrink tubing
    4) Connect the bare wires to "ground"

    This will give you the split neck humbucker sounds (provided you have the toggle in the correct positions).
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    Pete's absolutey correct (as usual... )
    I got into it today and discovered that the little Alpha tone pot is a busy, busy boy!!
    I'll start a new thread tomorrow with pics & descriptions...
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    I'd love to hear some tones from a SBMM Valentine. They look killer. SBMM is really knocking it out of the park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samoht View Post
    I'd love to hear some tones from a SBMM Valentine. They look killer. SBMM is really knocking it out of the park.
    EBMM sets quite the bar for what we have to live up to!
    As I told Dudley and Drew at NAMM, it's truly exciting to be even a small part of a brand family with such constant and consistent, forward thinking innovation.

    We're just getting started
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    Exclamation SBMM Valentine gut shots



    Dug out my bag-o-pots and other spare parts the other day and found a few goodies I need for upcoming projects, including a right-sized p/p pot for the Valentine.
    But when I opened her up for surgery and got a better look at the tone pot, I was surprised to see how busy it is.
    Along with the usual tone cap, there is also a wire from the boost circuit attached and tied into another cap & resistor!
    Since I didn't have the correct match for those, and assuming that they just might be important for the gain boost circuit, I decided to hold off the mod... for now...
    I'll collect up the right parts for later, but the reality is that this guitar is pretty much perfect as is. After I had some time with her I found that, on a clean amp setting in particular, on the neck pup, when rolling the volume from 10 to 8-ish, instead of turning the sound to dark mud, it just drops into a very smooth, sweet & sparkly voice. (that's a lot of commas!)
    Just my opinion, but I'm thinking that adding a split feature might just be redundant, so now I'm in no hurry.
    Of course, I might get bored and change my mind later...

    OK, on with the pics...
    Internals look very typical for an import... I've seen quite a few...
    Some sheeple get tweaked about it and scream "OMG...I've got to upgrade all the electronics to bigger & better!!!"
    ....no, you really don't, unless something actually fails....



    The gain boost circuit is mounted to the top (bottom?) of the volume pot...interesting....



    Here's the busy little tone pot!!





    Don't know if this will help anyone, but there it is.
    If I spent more time practicing rather than working on these things, I'd be a much better player
    But, it's what I do and I enjoy it.

    BTW - LOVE THIS GUITAR!!!
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    That's the hardest working tone pot in show business... Thanks for the pics.

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    *** REALLY hoping Brian (SBMM) chimes in with some specs & details about all this....
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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop View Post
    *** REALLY hoping Brian (SBMM) chimes in with some specs & details about all this....
    What do you need to know?

    I don't have any info for modding the guitars. That would be a better one for Pete Dubaldo
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    More curious about the workings of the stock setup...
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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop View Post



    Here's the busy little tone pot!!





    Hahahaha I posted a warning about that tone pot in the other thread, lots of stuff going on there!
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    I thought the Sterling featured the boost, not the coil tap.
    Anyone compared it to the EBMM Valentine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheoDog View Post
    I thought the Sterling featured the boost, not the coil tap.
    Anyone compared it to the EBMM Valentine?

    Yes, it does indeed only have the 12dB fixed output boost on the Volume VR. It does not have the coil tap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SBMM View Post
    Yes, it does indeed only have the 12dB fixed output boost on the Volume VR. It does not have the coil tap.
    Did not realize it was a fixed boost.
    I have been hunting for an aftermarket on board boost to add to a PRS that works similar to the EBMM Vaentines because it is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheoDog View Post
    Did not realize it was a fixed boost.
    I have been hunting for an aftermarket on board boost to add to a PRS that works similar to the EBMM Vaentines because it is awesome.
    They exist. Google is your friend...
    Enjoy Your Balls!!!

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