Post Number: 3118
|Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 9:54 am: |
The Distillate controls are volume, pickup selector switch, low pass filter, Q switch, bass boost/cut switch, treble boost/cut switch.
The quick tone switches are bass and treble and are not individual switches for the pickups. Each switch provides 6db boost, flat, and 6db cut.
The filter control adjusts a low-pass filter tunable from about 350Hz - 6KHz. Where you tune the filter is the cutoff frequency. Only frequencies below the cutoff frequency are passed.
Q switch is on when you flick it down while playing. When the Q switch is on, it boosts the cutoff frequency of the filter by about 8dB. You can hear the effect by sustaining a note while rotating the filter back and forth with the Q switch is on. You should hear a distinct "wah-wah."
The rotary switch is a 4-position pickup selector. The settings are:
2. neck pickup only
3. both pickups
4. bridge pickup only
Note, the standby position is not the same as off. So long as you have a cable connected to the output jack, the battery is draining. The standby is useful for when you have an extended rest period but later want to return to your original volume setting.
There is an onboard preamp, so the circuit is active and requires a 9V battery to operate. There is not enough output from the pickups to use them without a battery since they are low impedance.
Internally, you will find 2 small trimpots on the circuit board that control the gain of each pickup. You can set the height of the pickups without regard to output. This means you can set the pickups' height to either where you like the way they sound or for your comfort, then go inside and correct the gains so that your pickup selector switch has the same volume for the neck and bridge pickups.