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Intermediate Member
Username: pasewark

Post Number: 132
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:32 pm:   Edit Post

I'm sure this thread is around here somewhere, I just can't find it. I'm wondering what the differences are between Signature and Anniversary electronics.
Senior Member
Username: pace

Post Number: 795
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 5:24 pm:   Edit Post

the Signature electronics are as follows:

Filter & Q (neck)
Filter & Q (bridge)


Pup selector (neck, both, bridge, off)
Volume (neck)
Volume (bridge)
Filter & Q (neck)
Filter & Q (bridge)
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1437
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 7:41 pm:   Edit Post

Plus- the Anniversary package has a stereo/mono switch.
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 984
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 10:44 pm:   Edit Post

I mentioned hearing that the Anniversary electronics are kind of the closest you can get to Series without being Series - that being said, maybe read through this thread - there's some talk about the pickups vs. the electronics. Here's another good thread with an informative post by bsee (haven't read through the rest). I just searched "anniversary electronics series". I know this isn't what you asked about, but to me the similarity between Anniversary and Series is part of its appeal.

As far as Signature vs. Anniversary, you might want to search "signature/anniversary/blend" since there are aspects of the blend control you might want to be aware of. Some people love blend controls, personally I'm not a fan. Since you are getting a master volume, Anniversary makes a lot more sense to me.

And of course the stereo option in the Anniversary electronics opens things way up. I've never really used it, but I fantasize about it sometimes! Right now I'm prepping my rig to use both my SF-2 & F-2B, and the ability to go stereo via the SF-2, then mix it to mono to go through one amp with the F-2B is tantalizing... (I don't see myself lugging around two amps to go true stereo, at least not at this point, but I could)
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2149
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 3:20 am:   Edit Post

I love the F-2B and SF-2 method with a stereo signal from my Bass. I know prefer it to bi-ampiing , In a four space rack I have a Furman power conditioner an Alembic DS-5R power supply F-2B preamp and an SF-2 Super Filter. Then in a two space rack a Crest power amp (FA-901). At a recent gig I used that combination with A Mesa 4 x10 and a Mesa 2x10 both loaded with EV's. I love the sound and others comment positively as well. Stereo is king !
Intermediate Member
Username: jon_jackson

Post Number: 101
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 8:35 am:   Edit Post

Bob's (bsee) post is a good one, in my opinion, regarding the differences in sound between Series and non-Series pickups and electronics. My first DW had Signature electronics with 3-way Q option. While waiting for its replacement, I got a Series II and realized the available sound palette was different. I then asked Mica to change my second DW to Anniversary, but keep the 3-way Q and add a 5-pin connector so I could use it with the DS-5R.

To follow up Wolf's comment, I also use a Furman conditioner, DS-5R to split the signal for two F-1Xs and a SF-2, then into a QSC RMX2450 and/or a Crown Ti4000 (stereo or bridged amps, depending on the venue). There is some material for which I prefer the Anniversary electronics and with others, the Series.

Among the many great things about Alembic are the choices we have to get the sounds we desire.

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