PRS Sweet Switch

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  1. NickVig

    NickVig Member

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    What does this do? Does anyone have a schematic I can peruse?

    Thanks!

    :dude
     
  2. John Phillips

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    It's a small integrated inductor/capacitor network that acts as a passive band-pass filter, if you want a technical description!

    In other words, it produces a narrower, more midrangy frequency response.

    The original idea was apparently to simulate the effect of a particular long cable - I don't know what length, or type, or if it was a specific cable Paul Smith liked the sound of, but that's what it said in the literature at the time.

    I don't have schematic though.

    Some people love them. I find it nasal and honky - 'squawk', not 'sweet'... but each to their own.
     
  3. NickVig

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    Thanks John!

    I was under the impression it was more like a tone knob in it switched in/out a capacitor to give you the effect of a tone knob but in a switch. I had no idea it was to emulate a long cable. That's very odd to me.

    I appreciate the info!
     
  4. Dave Paetow

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    Sounds a bit like a wah pedal stuck in the middle, a bit Schenker-y sounding. I actually like the sweet switch for some lead work.
     
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    The sweet switch component has a part number on the side of the package. I believe it's referred to in the digram to help the installer ensure that the component is properly oriented.
     
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    Yeah, that's what I'm saying. What is the 'component' that is being wired to the switch.

    :confused:
     
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    Well I was at Guitar Center just yesterday and they had a PRS 89 std. 24 for sale. I tried the guitar and fooled around with the sweet switch. I find that they don't make much of a difference and I would rather have a tone control anyday. Just my opinion.

    The sweet switch cuts the high end like moving a tone control from 10 to 9.25. Something like that.
     
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    John Phillips has the story mostly correct. The story I got (probably from here, Eric Pritchard I beleive), was that it was developed after Carlos Santana complained of the change in tone when using a wireless. So, it is suppossed to reproduce the capacitive effect of a long instrument cable.
     

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