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we once had a Big Al club, it went away.
some of my faves:
for old school P: 1st and 2nd coils (neck is #1, middle #2, and bridge #3) on, passive
for thick and smooth jazz: 1st on, passive
for gnarly jazz: 1st and 3rd coils, passive or active, or just #3 to favor the bridge pickup gnarl
for kick-ass power enough to level small cities: all 3 buttons up (not pressed in) and active
I'm sure there's a stingray tone in there, but its not me, so I never went looking for it.
I have only had my Big Al for about three months now, but I have found that when all three buttons are up and it is in active it makes the world shake. I love it and when I use it really gets people's attention in a good way. Two other personal favs of mine are playing in passive with the button 2 and 3 pushed, really an awesome smooth tone, and recently I have found that keeping it in active and pushing all buttons down gives a nice warm, smooth, but powerful tone that sings.
I'm wondering if it's a stupid user trick on my part, but with my new SSS, I'm getting a huge variance in volume from setting to setting - and the huge variance isn't consistent. Think I have a preamp problem? I've only had it a few days. Worked great in the first rehearsal Monday, but by yesterday it got..inconsistent. Yes, I changed the batteries.
More specifics, please.
I think I have a disconnected/intermittently loose wire. Ex:
Active Mode, Engage Pup #1 (Neck) - exactly what I'd expect, big tone. Then disengage #1, engage Pup #2 (Middle). NOTHING. Nothing out of the amp. Disengage Active, repeat, lesser volume from Pup #1, nothing from #2.
I probably had some loose wiiring in there; it got me through one 4 hour rehearsal, then...gave way. I suppose I'll have to send it in, as if I horsed around myself in there I'd void the warranty.