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Username: jbybj

Post Number: 213
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Friday, June 19, 2009 - 11:28 pm:   Edit Post

I've spent the last month getting to know my new Europa, and learning the wonders of the LPF and Q. I like it. Not better than my Epic B/T, but different.

I have had a Bartolini hum canceling jazz pup in a custom bass for about 6 months now (passive), and I put a Tonestyler LPF (also passive) in this bass when I first got it. Playing it tonight for the first time since I got the Europa, it was obvious how similar the Tonestyler was in it's affect on the basses output.

I am not suggesting that this device will give you the "Alembic" sound on your passive instrument, but in the vast universe of bass tone, it puts you in the same galaxy.

I would guess that anyone who likes the Alembic sound, and has a passive bass with a traditional tone rolloff, will consider a tonestyler a huge improvement.

No, I'm not a rep, I just wanted to share this evenings realization.

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Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 201
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 9:06 pm:   Edit Post

I have a Tonestyler on a P-Bass. And while it is definately an improvement over the standard pot & cap, I don't think it's anything near an Alembic LPF.

It's a switched array, so it has very audible steps. Also, it has no option for any Q at the cutoff point.

My other P-Bass has a bypass switch to directly connect the pickups to the output jack. It completely bypasses the volume and tone pots. Major improvement in clarity.

I believe the most "on" position of the tonestyler also bypasses all the caps. Better than stock, but not quite a complete bypass, as the volume pot is still connected.


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