Friday, January 27, 2012

Ibanez Phat II EQ

According to Ibanez, the Phat II EQ circuit provides an "active bass boost" which "offers additional low-end power." The Phat II EQ came as a standard feature on my black GSR205 when I purchased it in 2006. Onstage, the circuit lived up to its promise, providing a discernible bass boost controlled by a dedicated B20K pot. The Phat II also seemed to boost the highs and reduce the mids.

The only problem was that along with the boost came an intolerable amount of noise, thanks to the single coil pickups. This problem, plus the lack of a bypass switch, prompted me to remove the Phat II EQ and rewire the GSR205 along the lines of a Fender Jazz Bass (see Mod #1). Hope you enjoy the pics :).

A. Before Desoldering the B20K Pot

















B. After Desoldering the B20K Pot


Front view of circuit board: visible markings

Front view of actual circuit board

Closer view of 1st segment

Closer view of 2nd segment

Closer view of third segment


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