- Nov 24, 2017
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Yeah, he was off on the preamp statement but I do agree with him on the PCB thing; if you are worried about the sound between something that is on a PCB versus something that is hand wired, I think you're doing it wrong.
If anything, there's less room for dumb things to happen with PCBs because the board spinning and soldering process are a lot less prone to error than people hand soldering stuff in component to component.
But if you're annoyed that it's not so easy to modify the setup they have, I get that. I rarely screw around in control cavities on guitars unless I'm changing the control configuration, or repairing something. But I know people want to change cutoff frequencies, tighten up tolerances, and change taper types and such on their controls. The PCBs aren't conducive for that.
Having an electrical engineering degree and playing guitar sometimes clash for me. Guitarists often use a lot of terminology that is either really wrong or are misnomers. The electrical parts in all guitars are often referred to as "electronics" but that's not correct. "Electronic" is used when active components (things that are powered) are being discussed. Passive components, like those of most guitars, are simply electric. It would be kind of weird to say "electrics" so we'd probably say "electric components" or something that, but that doesn't sound very guitar-y. And if you have EMGs, you have electronics, and so it probably just gets confusing. So I don't like it and just have to suck it up.
Having been in electronics for 45 years I can see you getting concerned over some things but frankly in the electronics world I have been associated with electronics consist of Passive and Active components. True most guitars have passive but they are passive electronic components just like capacitors and resisters are passive (electronic) components. Circuit Boards are also used in electronics as are switches, jacks, cables, etc.
Now, having said that, one of my 3 bass guitars has active electronics consisting of an active preamp, switches, potentiometers (Pots) that are variable resisters but still electronics. A microphone that is not powered is similar to Pickups on guitars (both considered electronics even though they have electrical properties they are used to produce an audio electronic signal to feed to an amplifier. Not meaning any disrespect here just a difference of opinion.