aphekgreg wrote: ↑
22 Jul 2017, 14:16
If the preamp is anything like the one in my '84 Tak acoustic, it has sockets from the pickup and going to the output jack, so it's quite easy to bypass.
Correct. I tried that, and preferred the original preamp tone.
Then I tried a piggy-back RCA to run two channels into a mixer, but only a marginal improvement. Not worth the hassle, and you need to re-EQ/set levels when you change to a different preset.
Then, Pete (slowlearner) & I tried his highly revered Ehrlund pickup and the original piezo/preamp was a lot better. Prob coz the top wasn't designed to vibrate.
Finally, I did a major shootout of my gear and found the Monique + Taki sound superb together. The tube preamp makes it more like the TB10 version.... but I have 20 presets (10 I can save) with level, 3-band semi-para EQ, & reverb at my disposal. Cherry on top is the Sensitivity knob - it goes from brighter/more attack to a warmer/fatter tone (more sag & the right kind of compression).
Taki + Thunderfunk had clearer highs/more extended treble vs Monique with EQ set flat. Not needed for the Taki but helped the Mouse (& my articulation). Tone knob/circuit has since been disconnected from Mouse giving a slightly more natural/open sound.