We are very pleased to announce that after a period of time being unavailable these unique preamps from ACG are back at BBG. Previously sold with the knobs included, they now come without them. The single pots have the standard 6mm shaft and the dual concentric have the standard 6mm upper and a 8mm lower shafts. Therefore the best options are the 'Metal Beveled Edge' and 'Metal Dome' knob sets, which are the first two options on our knob page here....Knobs
This is a 2-pickup, 4-knob configuration with Volume - Blend - Bass Filter Stack - Treble Stack
ACG EQ-02 Preamp
Alan Cringean (of AC Guitars) has teamed up with John East from East UK to produce a filter based pre-amp.
This new pre-amp is available in different configurations. This includes a single pickup version, and 3/4/5 knob versions. Same easy installation as other East Preamps with all connections made using screw terminals so no soldering required.
How it works
If you are used to the normal cut and boost type of EQ using the ACG pre-amp will require a different approach in order to get the most from it.
First a few notes on the principals behind the design and then a few suggestions on how to get the best from it.
Note: With regard to knob rotation: ACW = Backing a knob off or turning it anti-clockwise CW= Turning a knob up towards maximum or turning it clockwise.
VOLUME/BLEND STACK The volume of the instrument is controlled by the upper ring on the stack while the lower ring controls the mixing of the outputs from the two pickups. Turn ACW for the bridge pickup alone and CW for the neck pickup. Intermediate settings allow a mix of the two pickups. The indented centre click gives an equal mix. In several configurations the volume and blend are on individual pots.
The main element in the pre-amp is the filter stacks.
BASS FILTER STACK First, a filter lets some parts of the frequency spectrum through and not others. The type of filter determines which part it lets through. Also, the amount of cut-off is important. If it has a sharp or steep cut-off, it is more dramatic.
There is a LOW PASS FILTER where the frequency is variable over quite a broad range; from just allowing the very deepest sounds through, to allowing upper midrange frequencies of 3kHz. As the frequency control is adjusted, sound ranges from very deep to a much more open sound, taking in more midrange as the control is increased. As it's a low pass filter, the very low bass is always there, but the high frequencies can be progressively opened up.
This aspect of the pre-amp is controlled by the lower ring on the filter stack. Fully ACW giving you a very full deep bass sound. As the knob is turned CW, more of the higher frequencies are let through the filter.
The upper knob of the filter stack controls the overshoot peak. This means that some resonance can be added at the frequency of cut-off to which the filter is tuned. This has the effect of making the sound much richer at the point of the filter frequency. So if the filter is set to a low frequency on the neck pickup, and the overshoot peak is increased, you get a massive reggae style of sound as you're giving resonation to the more fundamental frequencies. If the filter is set higher, it accentuates the harmonics. To give you an idea, if you rotate the filter control up and down when the peak is turned up, it sounds very much like a wah control.
The upper ring on the filter stack sets the peak level. Fully CW is maximum gain (boost) and when turned ACW the gain is reduced.
TREBLE FILTER STACK The treble stack is there to address the top end of the spectrum as the filters cut off below the very highest frequencies you can get from roundwound strings. Here we're talking about the high end 'sizzle'. The frequency control also goes well down into the upper midrange around 1kHz. This is another filter type, a HIGH PASS FILTER in the treble signal path. This sets the frequency above which the treble spectrum is allowed to pass through. The upper knob controls the gain (boost) applied to the treble frequency while the lower ring controls the frequencies which are allowed through. Turning the frequency ACW allows more of the lower treble spectrum. Setting more CW allows only the higher frequencies of the treble spectrum to pass.
INTERNAL CONTROLS The pre-amp also has some internal control options. There is a separate gain control for each pickup input. The main use for this control is to allow you to use two different types of pickup but still have a balanced volume from them both.
This would also allow you to use say a Musicman style pickup with a Jazz style pickup and still be able to balance their respective volumes.