NGD - Ernie Ball Music Man Valentine

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  1. cybermgk

    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Output hang-on. Without pulling them, I can get a rough idea. That said, there is both the 5-20db boost circuit, and the Split coil compensation boost for the neck.
     
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    K, testing from the jack yields 9.92 on the Single Coil Bridge, and 9.62 on the HB Neck. When split on the Neck, it stays similar. SO, given that the neck goes through a boost, when split to allow for similar output split or HB AND all the pups go through the circuit board, who knows.
     
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    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    There IS the Korean made Sterling line version for $600 street.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NC04N52/?tag=mylespaul04-20

    http://www.sterlingbymusicman.com/valentine

    Differences are, it's made in Korea not USA. Has Asian locking tuners, a 'designed by' type pickups, 12db boost instead of 5-20 adjustable, Swamp Ash instead of Ash, cheaper made Bridge, a 12" radius instead of the 10" on the US model, and it only comes in the Trans Buttermilk
     
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    Wow... thanks for making the effort of getting the information for me! Much appreciated. That boost sounds so helpful for splitting coils. And I like that they have relatively mild output. In most cases, mild pickup output makes it much easier to craft your sound. But then again, some of my favorite pickups add a bunch of nuance. Oh hell!:facepalm: I'm back where I started with... "it depends." The quest for tone will kill me some day... and my wallet, to boot.

    What amp are you playing her out of?
     
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    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Kemper Profiling amp and Axe FX II, so Marshall JCM800, Plex, JTM45, Matchless, Several Fenders, A Mesa, a Dr Z and a couple of Friedmans......
     
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    HNGD!!!

    You got it for 1100$?! The prices these are selling for in Europe are insane. I got one a couple of weeks ago (trans black) but had to sell some other guitars to make my wallet feel a little bit better :D. I wanted to start with the Sterling version, but these are selling for 1000€ here (yes, more than what you paid for the EBMM version, and way too much for what they are IMO. I'd figure at that price for the Sterling, I'd just go with the EBMM, that and they don't make them in black).

    The second review video you posted is the one that triggered my GAS (damn lunchbreaks...).

    Hadn't take a look a the pickup cavity, thanks for the pics :)

    My fav features are the neck (it just feels perfect to me), and the boost which is really effective (I find the split a little meh, but that's just me). The guitar sounds amazing indeed.
     
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    Try using the little trim pot in cavity marked next to it P/U COMP. It adjusts the Neck pickup output WHEN split. You might find a level tone you like. Trim pot above it is the Boost adjustment.
     
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    I knew about the boost adjustment but didn't know about the split one, thanks for the tip!
     
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    It's right below the boost one.
     
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    Ok, I've just adjusted the split and wow, what a difference! I got it just where I wanted, thanks again!
     
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    NP. I had the same feeling as you about the slit neck, until I adjusted that. I had a feeling you might find it useable :)
     
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