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flpete1uw
Junior
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 39
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 3:29 am:   Edit Post

Hello Alembic World,
My 1985 Distillate Pickup Selector Switch selects the pickups when asked for. (Neck,Both,Bridge and Standby) The question I have is the standby an off (Fully Mute) or an Xdb down switch. In other words on standby I still hear it but much lower. I'm hoping this isn't a general bleed through on any selection.

Pete
alembic76407
Senior Member
Username: alembic76407

Post Number: 691
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 10:42 am:   Edit Post

It will be off
glad to see the bass made it there

David T
pauldo
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 803
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 12:43 pm:   Edit Post

My 1984 Distillate is dead quite when in the 'off' position. No bleed through.
flpete1uw
Junior
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 40
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 3:07 pm:   Edit Post

Thatís what I thought. Hmmmm, with my limited knowledge on this kind of setup makes it tough for me to determine if I should be concerned. The individual pickups sound fine, each one giving their distinctive timbre for their location. The selector switch is working. Even unplugged each individual pickup to verify. Again itís the Standby and its potential bleed through that may make this Beautiful instrument not shine as she should.?
Dave, arrived safe and secure. Sheís so different from my Persuader. Been running around a lot to touch base. Thanks for your input. Peace
Pete
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7668
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, April 06, 2012 - 8:09 pm:   Edit Post

It's probably the ground wire going up to the pickup selector switch. Look for a loose wire in there from position 1 on the switch. There's a couple of mixing resistors on the switch, and if the ground isn't connected, the sound can surely bleed through them.
flpete1uw
Junior
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 44
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 4:51 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Mica,
I havenít had a chance to delve fully into it yet. Family in town.(Run Run Run) However a loose wire makes sense, there is much less low end as well compared to my Persuader. Single ended sounding with low gain. Not the full ranging versatility I would expect from a Distillate. Thank You for your help. Iíll keep in touch. Peace
Pete
flpete1uw
Junior
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 45
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 7:49 am:   Edit Post

OK, just checked the switch Pos. 1 GND to the circuit board and its good. Mica I'm going to contact you to see what my options are. Thank You Alembicans for your inputs.
Pete

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