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Replace MEC 2-band EQ by 3-band or change completely to Bart

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by olbass, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. olbass

    olbass Guest

    Hello Together,

    Out of the PU-drop-outs I recently had on my Steamer LX5 BN's balance poti I started to question the whole set-up. Means either buy a new pot (20€) or spend 200€ more and buy a MEC 3 band EQ or even more, replace the MEC PU by Bartolinis and add the related 3-band (~350€ via US Import). Having a Tobias with the Bart set-up, I more or less know what I may get, but maybe the move to 3-band is good enough, but cheaper, as the current MEC 2-band sound is not that bad....
    Did anyone made this upgrade and could may comment on this.

    Many thanks and best regards

    Olbass
     
  2. Gerry

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    I like 3 band Mec for Streamers. Clear but not brittle. Oh, and welcome if no one said it yet :)
     
  3. naetog

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    I like the EQ frequencies better on the Bartolini or Aguilar setups. I find the bass knob to be much more useful, and the mids are nice if you put a push/pull for the frequency select.
     
  4. bassbooty

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    +1 :wink:
     
  5. bassbooty

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  6. maddrakkett

    maddrakkett R.I.P.

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    Same here. When I got my 2000 Thumb NT, the preamp on it hissed and the internal trim pot didn't work, so I changed both the preamp and the pickups to all Bartolini.

    The Bartolini 3-band preamp w/push-pull mid select is incredible. It's quieter than MEC and as mentioned, has better bass and mid control. To keep the full function and knobs of the Warwick bass, I had to replace the Bartolini Volume/Blend and Treble/Bass pots with the MEC pots, but now I can pull the Volume to switch into passive mode, just like before, and I got to keep the Warwick knobs, which look better than any other IMO.

    I like Bartolini pickups too and use them on my Streamer Stage I and on my Corvette Std. fretless, but on the Thumb, I found the MEC active pickups to be a better tonal fit, as they are slightly hotter and more aggressive in a very musical way, contributing to the signature modern sound and definition of the Thumb bass.

    So for me, I find that MEC active pickups and pots with a Bartolini 3-band preamp is the perfect combo if I want the modern-aggressive signature Warwick tone and growl! :D
     
  7. flipper_gv

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    check out audere too, they are great preamps
     
  8. vpshockwave

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    My '93 SSII is coming tomorrow, and I'm already debating whether or not to take out the 2 band EQ and upgrade, or switch, etc. I'll be interested in your conclusion.
     
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    I have the original Mec 2-way electronics on my Thumb BO5, and the 3-way on my '92 SSI, and I love them both. The three way gives me a little more presence when needed, and both are absolutely hiss-free.

    For the pickup configuration of a Streamer LX, anyway, I would probably choose the 3-way (wich is actually what I did with my second hand SSI, that had non-Mec 2-way electronics that I replaced). I think you have a wider sound palette with P/J pickups and a 3-way Mec, and Streamers' vocation is versitility.


    Pico
     
  10. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    Hello OlBass, welcome to the forum.

    I actually like the MECs on Warwick basses. It's like... when you buy a bass, you expect to have a sound, so why change it? I don't really like the 2 band eq, but this can be good, because the best sound you will get out of your bass is with eq bypassed. That will sound better than with Bartolini preamp :)
    So, if I were in your place, I would fix the pot, and use it without the eq.
    Cheers/ Flo
     
  11. olbass

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    Thanks for all the great input and your feedback. THis helped me quite a lot together with the other posts with comparable topic.
    So in fact I am now stuck between the cheapest solution (new balance pot) and the total change of all pickups and EQ to Bartolini. The upgrade to MEC 3-band I will not consider anymore. By the way, I use the EQ pots from time to time, .......
     
  12. warwickhunt

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    If you change your mind about the 3 band MEC EQ, then I have an 18v MEC circuit for sale :wink:
     
  13. olbass

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    Hi warwickhunt, changing mind is always a question price (and in this case the space for the 2nd battery). If your 18v MEC circuit (3 band) would come along with 4 knob and a good price I may start thinking .......
     
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    The system is fitted to a SSI and the second battery fits in the clip off control cavity... Ah I see what you mean; Single control cavity as opposed to the old separate cavity on the old basses.

    It is indeed 4 controls. Give me a day or two to see if I can figure out if you can fit both batteries (it will run at 9v obviously).
     
  15. olbass

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    Hi, you got it. The whole staff incl. batteries need to fit into the one standard Warwick electronic cavity, the one with the click lock.
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