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Main Forums => Recording, Pickups, Live Sound, etc. => Topic started by: abalone at last on October 03, 2011, 10:36:44 PM

Title: B-Band dual source
Post by: abalone at last on October 03, 2011, 10:36:44 PM
i am considering a guitar that has a built in B-Band preamp...and UST undersaddle pickup and AST ribbon microphone......Anyone own or have tried this system? Will be using in a band setting. thanks.

Title: Re: B-Band dual source
Post by: Mr_LV19E on October 04, 2011, 01:47:22 AM
I have that system on my LV-19, the A2.2 with the AST and UST along with volume and mix controls in the sound hole.  The only problem I had was that it was one of the earlier editions and they apparently had trouble with the UST's. I contacted them via email and they sent me a new one at no cost along with an explanation.
The two pickups are very different tonally so there is a lot of variation with the mix control, I think you'll be pleased with it.
Just be sure to check that the UST is working correctly if this is on a used guitar. The problem was weak output.

Title: Re: B-Band dual source
Post by: guitom on October 04, 2011, 05:16:13 PM
I really like the B-Band, but unlike Mr. LV I found the UST and AST to be similar sounding.  Also mine is the older A2 system that is mixed externally.  I like the sound but it's noisy and the pickup was not very loud in my opinion.  Very good sounding though and amps can be turned up.  It's just that doing so caused more hiss in the amp.  But again, this is an older system and is supposedly hissless now.  Also I have the aforementioned troublesome UST.  Having said all that, the B-Band UST is the most natural sounding of all the ones I've owned.