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INSTALLATION MANUAL
B-BAND A6T SIDEMOUNT PREAMP
WITH B-BAND UST AND AST TRANSDUCER
This is a basic installation manual and tip sheet. For more information,
technical support, and pictures of installations about all B-Band products
please check the B-Band website at www.b-band.com or contact your
B-Band dealer, distributor or B-Band directly.
1 / 2008-09-01
DEAR CUSTOMER,
Thank you very much for purchasing this state-of-the-art
B-Band® acoustic transducer system. B-Band takes care to
provide the highest quality product and is manufactured and
supported in true spirit of acoustic instrument aficionados.
The outstanding sound reproduction of B-Band transducers is
based on the technology of a very special, worldwide-patented
material that is exclusive to B-Band. This material is very different from, and has nothing to do with, piezo-electric films
or transducers.
How is it different? We could write a long story here about the
technical characteristics of the material, like how the “microscopic lens-like gas bubbles”™ work inside the permanently
charged film, but the most important difference is the sound.
Whereas piezo pickups tend to impart a sound of their own
(often described as “quacky” or “plastic”), B-Band transducers act in much the same way a condenser microphone does.
B-Band systems will provide an excellent reproduction of your
instrument’s unique sound.
All of us at B-Band truly hope you enjoy this product.
Please contact us if you have any comments about B-Band
products.
Always ready to help you.
Yours sincerely,
Heikki Räisänen, CEO
B-Band Ltd
1. SAFETY AND PRODUCT CAUTIONS
Although B-Band products could be easy to install by following these instructions carefully and checking the B-Band website and references, we highly recommend the installation be
done by a professional qualified guitar craftsman or technician.
Some installations require a high knowledge about woodworking and guitar structure.
B-BAND LTD, B-BAND, INC. AND B-Band GmbH WILL NOT
BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, PERSONAL INJURIES OR LIABILITIES RESULTING FROM INSTALLATIONS,
IMPROPERLY DONE INSTALLATIONS OR MISUSE OF PRODUCT.
strongly recommend removing the battery before transporting
the instrument in heavy conditions, for example, with freight
companies or airlines, to avoid possible damage to the instrument.
When doing any drilling, sawing, cutting or routing at the guitar,
be sure to secure the guitar so it will not move when doing
such work.
2. OVERVIEW OF B-BAND UST AND AST TRANSDUCERS
Read all of these instructions closely before starting installation.
B-Band pickups (UST and AST) work with all B-Band A-series
preamps.
After installation the UST pickup can have very high output,
enough to overdrive the B-Band preamp input, causing distortion. The UST will lower in output, under pressure of the saddle,
in 1 to 3 days.
Do not cut, pull, crimp or bend at a sharp angle any B-Band
transducers.
B-Band UST and AST CANNOT be shortened or altered in any
way. This will cause audible hum and void the warranty.
Long-time exposure of UST or AST to high temperatures (over
50 °C / 120 °F) may reduce the output level permanently.
B-Band pickups will only work with B-Band preamps. B-Band
preamps will work with most any external audio preamps, mixers, and instrument amplifiers.
Before installation make sure instrument is in good working
condition.
Do not mount battery holder to preamp.
Even with the battery secure in the holder or the battery box
lid closed, the battery could get loose when transported. We
Both the B-Band UST (Under-Saddle Transducer) and AST
(Acoustic Soundboard Transducer) pickups use the same-patented transducer technology.
They are very flexible, but you should never pull or bend them
at a sharp angle.
B-Band pickups themselves do not require electrical power, as
they are permanently charged electrets. Because of the very
high output impedance (typical for condenser microphones) BBand UST and AST always require a B-Band preamp.
Standard piezo preamps will not work properly with B-Band
pickups. They will produce low output and poor bass response.
The active portion of the B-Band UST pickup is 80 mm (3.15”)
from the end of the transducer at the opposite side of the connector. The active portion of the 1470 AST is the 14 x 70 mm
(.55” x 2.75”) area that attaches to the guitar. The rest of the
UST and the “lead” wire of the AST are not active. However, for
best performance always keep the inactive portion of either UST
or AST pickup from touching each other, or touching or rubbing
on the inside of the guitar, or touching the battery or output jack
wires. These can produce unwanted handling noise.
UST and Model sizes
Saddle width: 2.3 – 2.9 mm (.090” - .115” (3/32”))
B-Band model #: 22R
UST width: 2.3 mm (.090” (3/32”))
Saddle width: 3.0 mm (.118” (1/8”)) or more
B-Band model #: 29R
UST width: 3.0 mm (.118” (1/8”))
At the UST side of the mix control only the UST is heard. At the AST
side of the mix control, a crossover mix of the UST low frequencies
and AST high frequencies is heard.
To learn more about the XOM feature, check the XOM User Guide
later in these instructions.
The A6T has a dedicated input gain control located at the backside of the preamp. The control is accessed through a small hole
with a screwdriver. This control is used to set the basic balance
of the UST and AST so the pickups can have equal output signal
strength.
3. OVERVIEW OF A6T PREAMP
All B-Band A-series preamps are designed to give optimum
performance with B-Band UST and AST transducers. The main
criterion in designing these preamps was to deliver studio quality and user-friendly electronics to the diverse needs of acoustic
instrument musicians.
The A6T has the HzzLess® circuit for outstanding low noise and
high output.
The A6T is a side mount preamp with a 3-band “graphic” equalizer,
XOM mix control, chromatic tuner, Notch Frequency and Depth
controls, phase button and low battery LED light. This dual XOM
input preamp will accept UST and AST.
The A6T preamp has the XOM mix control that controls the
blend of the UST and UST / AST XOM mix.
XOM® (Cross Over Mix)
The A6T uses a standard 6.3 mm (1/4”) plug to turn on the 9-volt
power.
In our continuing search for realistic acoustic tone the B-Band
research and development team has applied a crossover system to our exclusive patented pickup material. The crossover
mix (XOM) system combines the best aspects of each pickup
into one complete source.
4. PACKAGE CONTENTS
Note! In the USA, transducers and preamps are packaged together.
By sensing the guitar from two separate locations and combining, what each pickup does best, the XOM system has a very
complex and rich sound that further augments already superior
sounding Emfit film pickups.
4.1 UST package contents:
• 1 pc UST pickup
4.2 AST package contents:
• 1 pc AST pickup
• 1 pc cardboard installation guide (only AST)
The ideal process for authentic acoustic reproduction comes
from combining the high frequencies of the AST and low frequencies of the UST, making a sound that is much more complete, true and pure. In addition, the XOM pan pot allows the
player to select between UST / AST XOM mix crossed over at
800 Hz or the full range UST, or one of the many points in-between resulting in almost unlimited possibilities.
4.3 A6T package contents:
• 1 pc A6T preamp circuitry board
• 1 pc A6T preamp box
• 1 pc A6T preamp box back
• 1 pc faceplate
• 4 pcs 2.2 x 9.5 mm (.09” x .37”) screws (black) for faceplate
• 1 pc output cable with endpin jack and strap attachment
• Strap attachment includes:
- Small hex nut
- Small dress washer
- Lock washer
- Large dress washer
- Large hex nut
• 1 pc battery holder with adhesive
• 1 pc battery cord harness (length 15 cm / 5.90”)
• 2 pcs wire clips
• 1 pc instructions and user guide
AST Placement. See text at the following pages.
5. TOOLS AND MATERIALS NEEDED FOR INSTALLATION
•Drill, preferably with continuously variable speed
• Wood or metal drill bit, 2.3 mm (.09”) or 3 mm (.12”)
depending on the width of the transducer
•Wood or metal drill bit, 3 mm (.12”)
•A rotary wood router with sharp 3 mm (.12”) cutting bit
•Screwdriver, Posidriv #1
•Endpin reamer, 12 mm (.47”) or wood drill bit, 12 mm (.47”)
•Allen wrench, 2 mm (.08”)
•Punch (spike)
•13 mm (.51) wrench to tighten the nuts on the preamp
endpin jack
•Small hand-held mirror
•Flashlight (penlight)
•Small round file
• Masking tape
• 1470 AST – cardboard installation mounting guide (supplied)
6. PREPARING THE GUITAR FOR INSTALLATION
Please read completely before starting the actual procedure.
6.1 Test fitting AST
For test fitting 1470 AST, loosen and remove the strings from
the tuning machines.
Steel string at bridge plate
Steel string alternative
Nylon string at sound board
Nylon string alternative
Before removing the strings and bridge pins from the bridge
check to see if the AST will fit at the bridge plate correctly. Also
at this time, clean the bridge plate surface with a moist cloth
and let dry completely.
The cardboard installation template for the 1470 AST is specifically made for bridges that the saddle is at a slight angle to the
bridge pinholes. It could be that the guide is too long for the
space. If so, the template can be trimmed with scissors slightly
to accommodate this. If the template does not fit the space,
even after trimming, the pickup may be installed by hand. Although the instructions do not specify how to do this, if you
carefully read the instructions you will be able to adapt them
to perform the installation by hand. It really is not that hard or
critical to install if you are careful.
has the lead to the preamp, goes on the brace for the bridge.
If the brace there is too tall put the AST in front of the brace.
Please read the instructions carefully and adapt them to the
installation.
If the pickup does not fit to the bridge plate because the bracing is too close, the pickup can be mounted behind the bridge
plate at the soundboard.
The placement of the AST is important for connection to the
preamp. For the A6T preamp, the AST’s lead goes away from
the low “E” side of the bridge area and towards the upper bout
of the guitar (see pictures). When using A6T in left-handed guitars the lead of the AST should be turned around, with the red
B-Band logo still up, so it goes the opposite way and will reach
the preamp.
To test fit the 1470 AST in a guitar with a bridge plate, take
the cardboard installation template from the tray in the box.
Note! There is a small 4.5 mm (.18”) round and a 4.5 mm (.18”)
elongated part that both need to be punched out to make their
respected guide holes. The 4.5 mm round guide hole is for the
low “E” bridge pin and the elongated guide hole to fit at the high
“E” bridge pin inside the guitar. Peel away the protective covers
from the two adhesive dots on the cardboard. Do not peel away
the actual AST mounting adhesive protective cover yet!
For classical guitars the installation the AST is done by hand
without the guide. For most classical guitars the AST is placed
inside the guitar parallel to center brace that runs parallel to
the strings on the bass strings side at the area between the
bridge and soundhole. Sometimes there is also a flat brace running parallel under the bridge. The AST should be placed so
that the AST is on the bass side of the brace running parallel
to the strings and that part of the active area of the AST, that
Now mount the AST to the top of the cardboard installation
template at the rectangle AST area inscribed on the cardboard.
Now put the assembly to the bridge pins, with the AST towards
the bridge plate and check the fit. All of the AST’s active area
must fit at the soundhole side of the bridge plate without hanging over the edge of the bridge plate. Make sure that there is
enough space that the bridge pins or string ball-ends will not
touch the AST.
Next remove the strings, bridge pins and the saddle. If you are
using a UST, check that it fits into the slot easily and that the
saddle is sufficiently tight in the slot. Remove the strap button.
Carefully enlarge the hole using 12 mm (.47”) endpin reamer or
12 mm (.47”) wood drill bit. Smooth the edge of the hole with a
small file or a sinking drill bit.
Guitars with solid sides or that have very thin sides may not be
stable after cutting a hole to fit the A6T. It may be necessary to
reinforce this area from the inside of the guitar with an extra
piece of plywood before cutting or drilling holes. The thickness
of the guitar side should be at least 2 mm (.08”) and preferably
2.5 - 3 mm (.10” - .12”). If needed glue in a piece of plywood of
suitable thickness to reinforce that area.
6.2 Drilling hole for UST
For UST check the inside of the guitar to find the position of the
braces. Drill a preferably 30 - 45 degrees angled, 2.3 mm (.09”)
or 3 mm (.12”) hole (depending on the model of your B-Band
UST) for the transducer into the one end of the saddle slot. Be
careful not to damage the braces! In case you cannot make the
hole angled, because of possible damage to the braces, you can
make it straight down.
Cover the planned installation area with masking tape and mark
the area with a pencil using the provided preamp hole-cutting
template at the end of these instructions. Prepare the guitar for
cutting the preamp hole with the rotary wood router by securing
it in some way so that the guitar does not move while doing the
cutting. Cut out the area for the preamp using the rotary wood
router with a sharp 3 mm (.12”) cutting bit. Do this slowly and
very carefully so the router’s cutting bit does not accidentally
move outside the area that you have marked with the guide.
Smooth the edges of the finished hole with a small file or sand
paper and remove the masking tape.
It is very important to smooth the edge of the hole using a bit of
rolled sandpaper or a small file, to avoid pinching the UST as the
saddle lies on it. For A6T preamp you must drill the hole at the
low-E string side of the slot.
6.4 Installing battery holder
Before installing the battery holder it should be checked by inserting a 9-volt battery in and out of it to learn how it works.
Once this is checked, find a convenient place inside the guitar
where the battery holder can be reached and that there is good
access to the snap. Also check that it is in a place that the battery can be put in and out easily.
6.3 Making mounting hole for A6T preamp
Find a good position for the preamp at the side of the guitar. Be
sure that the position is so, that when the holes are drilled that
the holes, and the preamp structure, do not interfere with the
any of the guitar braces or supports. For this installation it is very
important to check inside the guitar body that there is enough
clearance for the preamp at the side between the soundboard
and the back of the guitar. Be sure to check that the transducer
will reach the preamp from its position under the saddle and /
or bridge area.
Recommended places are at the neck block or at the back of
the guitar.
Be sure that the entire adhesive surface will make full contact
with surface you are attaching it to. Clean the surface with a
moist cloth and let the moist dry completely. Remove the protective liners of the adhesive and install it. Press firmly for about
30 seconds to make it secure. It takes 72 hours for the adhesive
to achieve its final holding ability.
The sides of the guitar where the preamp will be installed should
be inspected for accessibility and stability. Inside some guitars
there is kerfed lining (the wood reinforcement between the back
and sides inside the guitar) and other reinforcements that may
make the area too small to install the A6T. If these reinforcements are altered it may cause instability at the guitar’s side.
8. Installing the preamp
7. Connecting the PICKUPs and wires to the
preamp.
For the next portion of the installation, be careful not to catch
the pickup on anything as you work; inadvertent tugging may
cause damage to the transducers or pull the connectors off the
pin headers at the preamp.
Check the circuit board of the preamp and see the picture at
these instructions for connections. Connect the pickups, battery
cable harness and the output cable. Notice that the small holes
on each connector of the transducer and battery cable harness
should point upwards. If UST or AST is connected improperly
a loud audible hum will occur. Make sure that they are connected correctly.
Note where the hole for the access to the pickup’s input gain
control is at the back of the preamp. This will be helpful in locating it later if adjustment is needed. The control is set at the
factory at approximately 50 / 50 blend of the pickups.
When transducer, battery wire and output cable are connected
to preamp, close the cover by inserting to of the tabs of one
side of the back cover to the slots of one side of the preamp
box. Then push to insert the tabs of the opposite side to close. If
difficult to push the tabs into place it may be necessary to bend
the tabs a little so that it will fit. It is recommended to test the
systems operation at this point. Insert a battery and connect the
output cable to amplifier. You should hear it from the amplifier
when you tap on the transducer.
Regarding AST, please note to lift one corner of the protective
layer of the mounting adhesive so it is easier to remove later.
Take the preamp assembly inside the guitar and install it to its
place. Let the transducer(s) and wire harnesses hang loose inside the guitar at this moment. Install the front plate and attach
the screws. It is important that you have a good quality screwdriver to avoid it slipping during tightening and thus scratching
the guitar. Be careful to tighten the screws properly. It may be
wise to tape the area around the front plate with masking tape
in case you slip with the screwdriver. Do not over-tighten the
screws as it may strip the screws, or crack the side of your guitar or the preamp’s faceplate.
At the output jack unscrew the strap attachment, the small
nut and the small dress washer from the endpin jack. Make
sure that the large nut; lock washer and large dress washer are
threaded onto the jack almost all the way to the opposite end of
the output of the jack.
Next, test-fit the jack the endpin hole. It is easier to install the
output jack by using an ink pen (or something similar) that fits
into the jack. Put the pen through the hole at the guitar where
the jack will go and with the other hand holding the output jack,
and that going through the sound hole, put the jack on the pen
and guide it through the hole of the guitar. Adjust the large
nut so that only the smaller threaded section comes almost
entirely out of the guitar. Put the dress washer and the small
nut onto the threads outside the guitar. Tighten securely using
an appropriate wrench. Prevent the jack from rotating during
tightening by inserting a small Allen wrench into the holes of
the end of the jack. Install the strap attachment. Be careful not
to over-tighten it, it just needs to be snug. Connect a fresh 9volt battery to the snap-in connector and put it in the battery
holder. Attach the battery wires to the side of the guitar with
the cord clamps. Roll the extra cord as a “coil” in some of the
clamps if necessary.
attaching, but be careful when doing this. Carefully lift under
the edge of the AST, with your fingernail, and work it off slowly.
Don’t attempt to lift the AST off by pulling on the pickup lead.
Peel the adhesive off the wood, rather than peeling the pickup
off the adhesive. At installation this can be removed and reattached two or three times.
Inside the guitar, make sure that the UST or AST leads do not
touch anything. We do not recommend attaching the “lead”
wires of the UST or AST to the guitar by any means. This may
cause excessive handling noise and resonance that sounds like
distortion.
9. INSTALLING THE PICKUPS
Note! After 24 hours the adhesive will dry and it will be hard to
remove. Removal after this time may damage the pickup.
Installing the UST. Thread the B-Band UST up from inside the
guitar through the hole in the saddle slot. It is easier to find
the hole inside the guitar if you insert a small screwdriver or
toothpick from the top through the hole as a guide. Fit the UST
all the way to the other end and bottom of the slot. Then put
the saddle in place.
Note! After installation the UST pickup can have very high
output, enough to overdrive the B-Band preamp input, causing
distortion. The UST will lower in output, under pressure of the
saddle, in 1 to 3 days.
For installation of the 1470 AST (steel string guitars; x-braces),
place two bridge pins in their holes, one at the low “E” string
side and one at the high “E” side. Set the bridge pins normally.
This, with the cardboard installation template / AST assembly
will guide the AST to fit correctly. Having the AST cardboard
installation template / AST assembly lying on the bottom of the
guitar, remove the adhesive protective layer from the AST. Lift
the assembly up and guide the assembly so the bridge pins
insert the guide holes and carefully place it to the bridge plate.
Then stick it firmly by holding and pressing firmly with fingers
for a short while. Next carefully remove the cardboard installation template. Make sure the AST fits there tight and secure.
Test the system before putting on the strings. To do this, plug
into an amplifier and then tap lightly on the top of the guitar to
make sure that you can hear the pickup when you tap. Another
good test is to shake the guitar when plugged into amplifier. If
anything is loose or if the pickup’s leads are touching something you will hear it. This should not happen.
Install the strings and test the system. Now play, keep it real
and enjoy!
For AST remove the adhesive protective layer from the AST.
Then stick it firmly by holding and pressing with fingers for a
short while. If necessary, you can remove the AST shortly after
11.2 Loud hum
• Check to see that the connectors of the UST / AST are
inserted with the two holes up. If these connectors are
upside down the system will work but it will buzz.
• Check that the connectors are inserted correctly onto
their pin headers at the preamp.
10. BALANCE ADJUSTMENT OF THE PICKUP’S
INPUT GAIN
The A6T has a dedicated input gain balance control located at
the backside of the preamp. The control is accessed through
a small hole with a screwdriver. This control is used to set the
basic balance of the UST and AST so the pickups can have
equal output signal strength. The control is set at the factory at
50 / 50 equal blend.
11.3 Resonance or distortion with some played notes.
After installation the UST pickup can have very high output,
enough to overdrive the B-Band preamp input, causing distortion. The UST will lower in output, under pressure of the saddle,
in 1 to 3 days.
With the back, or bottom, of the A6T preamp up (so you are
looking at the bottom) turning the input gain control counterclockwise will blend more of the UST pickup into the mix. Turning the input gain control clockwise will blend more of the AST
into the mix.
There are a couple places where a resonance can typically occur with some notes, causing distorted-sounding output. First,
check that the lead portion of the transducer to the preamp is
not touching anything and that the battery or output wires are
not loose and thus cause resonance.
After the installation of the system, the UST may have high output. It may be high enough to cause the input gain stage of the
preamp to distort. After some time the output of the UST will
lower as it adjusts to the string / saddle pressure. After this time
period is good to check the balance of the pickups.
With the UST, another place, which in some cases has caused
resonance, is the UST hole from the saddle slot to the inside of
the guitar. Using a soft padding in it has cured these problems
effectively.
To check this, play the system through an amp system and listen
to sound of both sides of the mix control. Most likely the UST
can have a little hotter output (louder) than the AST.
With the AST, if resonance is occurring, it may be coming form
the first 5 mm (.20”) of the “lead” wire coming from the AST.
Using double stick tape, stick this first 5 mm (.20”) of the lead
to the guitar.
11. TROUBLE SHOOTING
11.4 Imbalance, one or several strings sound louder or
quieter than the others (with UST)
If there’s only a very slight imbalance, let the saddle “shape” on
the UST for a few days. The fault may be repaired on its own.
Users have reported that after three (3) days the saddle has
settled on the UST and the balance becomes perfect.
11.1 No sound at all or intermittent sound
• Check the guitar cable and amplifier / mixer you are using.
• Check that the battery is not discharged. If the sound is
noisy or distorted, replace the battery.
• Check that the transducer and battery connectors are
inserted onto the pin headers of the preamp correctly.
• Check that the plug is making good connection with the
output jack. It may be so that the output jack is not sticking
out far enough when the strap button is on. To check,
unscrew the strap button off and plug in to the jack. If the
symptoms go away the output jack needs to be removed and the nuts adjusted so the jack sticks out further.
11.5 Possible reasons for imbalance:
• The saddle or the bottom of the saddle slot is not flat.
• The saddle fits too loosely in its slot.
• The saddle slot might be too tight for the saddle to go in all
the way. Try pushing on the saddle firmly to seat the saddle
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String
all the way down on the transducer.
• The saddle is too short.
• There is debris in the saddle slot.
• The angle of some of the strings behind the saddle is too
low or too high.
• The top of the guitar is bent.
• The pickup is not installed all the way to the end of the
saddle slot.
• If the material of the saddle is bone.
Saddle
(side view)
Bridge
(side view)
Bone is a natural material and the density and grain may not be
consistent. This may cause inconsistencies in the way the sound
is distributed making some strings louder or softer than others.
We highly recommend a manmade material for the saddle.
USING SANDPAPER OR FILE, SHAPE BOTTOM EDGES AT
LENGTH OF THE SADDLE TO LOOK LIKE THIS.
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11.6 If the balance problem does not disappear on its
own, do the following:
• Check there is no debris or paint in the saddle slot.
• Check saddle that it is not too loose or tight in its slot. If it is
too loose the saddle can tilt when the strings are tightened.
The tilt will bring the bottom of the saddle off the pickup causing balance problems. If it is too tight it could be possible the
saddle is not going all the way down on the pickup making a
bad connection and causing balance problems.
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Check the bottoms of both the saddle slot and saddle. They should be flat and straight. If all things mentioned above are correct, and there still is a balance problem, try the following simple modification:
11.7 Other notable causes for balance problems
• Check string angles behind the saddle. They should be about
the same behind every string. If the angle is too low, the string will
not put enough pressure on the transducer and that may cause
balance problems - usually higher output from the corresponding
string. To deepen the angle, you can, for example, file a wedgeshaped groove on the bridge pinhole so that the string will have
deeper angle behind the saddle
• With some instruments the outer most strings are too close to
the edge of the saddle, causing balance problems to these strings.
It may happen that the E string at the end of the UST does not
come as loud as other strings. In this case, make another, shallow
hole (not all the way through) at that end of the saddle cavity
and move the pickup so the tip of the UST goes in the hole. If
nothing else helps, you should machine the saddle slot longer
and use a new longer saddle.
• Balance problems may also occur with some string sets, for
example with classical guitars the G-string may cause problems.
• Another somewhat common cause for balance problems is the
movement of the guitar top as it “lives” and moves especially
during transport or by change of season when the humidity changes. Because of this the bottom of the saddle slot could become
arched, not straight, as the top becomes more or less arched. By
making the saddle flexible this problem can be avoided.
SADDLE EDGE MODIFICATIONWHEN THERE IS STRING BALANCE AND SIGNAL
OUTPUT PROBLEMS DO THIS MODIFICATION TO THE
SADDLE.
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11.8 Other problems
If you notice any other problems, please contact the dealer, distributor or manufacturer, for help.
B-Band A6T User’s Guide
Congratulations and thank you for purchasing this fine instrument
with the included B-Band pickup system. B-Band is committed to
providing the highest quality product that is manufactured in the
true spirit of acoustic / electric instrument aficionados.
12. CUSTOMER FEEDBACK
If you have any comments, positive or negative, about any BBand product, please do not hesitate to contact B-Band.
Reading this manual thoroughly will give you the information
necessary to fully understand the capabilities of this instrument
and make the operation a simple and pleasurable experience.
13. A6T SPECIFICATIONS
S/N ratio: Greater than –90 dB
Distortion: 0.05 %
Frequency response: 50 Hz – 40 kHz
Low-cut slope: -6 dB/octave
Input channel voltage gain: +24 to +30 dB adjustable
Input impedance: 100 Mohm ||< 20 pF
Output impedance: < 3.5 kohm
Bass control range: ± 12 dB @ 70 Hz (± 3 dB @ 300 Hz)
Middle control range: ± 12 dB @ 400 Hz (Q = 0.5)
Treble control range: ± 12 dB @ 2.5 kHz (Q = 0.5)
Nominal output level: -10 dB u (0.245 VRMS)
Power supply: 9 V battery (not included)
Current consumption: 0.8 mA typical
Connections: Transducer input: 2.54 mm (.10”) header;
Output: 6,3 mm (.25”) jack
Weight (with accessories): 140g
Dimensions: L 86mm (3.38”), W 57mm (2.24”), H 31mm (1.22”).
9. LOW BATTERY LED
11. CHROMATIC TUNER ON BUTTON
6. NOTCH DEPTH
10. CHROMATIC TUNER LED DISPLAY
5. MIX
14. EU / Declaration of Conformity
This B-Band product has been designed, manufactured and
tested to comply with the requirements of EMC directive
89/336/ EEC and CE mark directive 93/68/EEC and carry the CE
marking accordingly.
1. VOLUME
7. NOTCH FREQUENCY
LED’s in this product are Class 1 in accordance to EN 60825-1.
4. TREBLE
3. MIDDLE
8. PHASE BUTTON
Statement of EU Declaration of Conformity is available from
manufacturer upon request.
2. BASS
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PLAY
1. VOLUME (VOLUME SLIDE CONTROL)
2. BASS (BASS SLIDE CONTROL)
3. MID (MIDDLE SLIDE CONTROL)
4. TREB (TREBLE SLIDE CONTROL)
5. MIX (AST / UST - UST XOM SLIDE CONTROL)
6. N DEP (NOTCH DEPTH ROTARY CONTROL)
7. N FREQ (NOTCH FREQUENCY ROTARY CONTROL)
8. PHASE (PHASE BUTTON)
9. LOW BATT. (LOW BATTERY LED LIGHT)
10. CHROMATIC TUNER LED DISPLAY
11. CHROMATIC TUNER ON BUTTON
The UST pickup is under the saddle of the guitar. This pickup
gives full range tones and is the fundamental sound that is always present in the sound mix.
The AST pickup is attached to the bridge plate or the soundboard of the guitar. This pickup adds some extra sonic tone and
adds that tone to the mix.
XOM is an acronym for Cross-Over-Mix. This function is at the
“MIX” control of the guitar and its use is described below.
When the mix control is turned all the way towards the (XOM)
UST / AST side, which is the XOM position - a 50 / 50 mix of
AST and UST is heard. This is the crossover mix of the AST and
UST. The crossover point is 800 Hz. From 800 Hz and up is AST.
800 Hz and down is the UST. 50% is the high tones of the AST
and 50% is the low tones of the UST. See diagram below.
DESCRIPTION OF CONTROLS
1. VOLUME (VOLUME SLIDE CONTROL)
The VOLUME slider controls the output volume. At “0” it is completely OFF. At “+12” it is LOUD!
MIX CONTROL
CENTER BLEND
2. BASS (BASS SLIDE CONTROL)
3. MID (MIDDLE SLIDE CONTROL)
4. TREB (TREBLE SLIDE CONTROL)
UST
SIDE OF MIX CONTROL
XOM
SIDE OF MIX CONTROL
AST
The BASS, MID, and TREB slider controls are a 3-band equalizer for controlling tone.
The BASS tone control is a normal boost / cut shelving controls.
UST
The MID (midrange) and TREB (treble) tone controls are normal boost / cut tone filters.
FULL RANGE UST
The center detent on these tone controls yields a flat tone response.“+12 ” boosts the tone; “-12“ cuts the tone.
800 Hz
CROSSOVER
POINT
50 / 50 MIX OF AST & UST
5. MIX (AST / UST - UST XOM SLIDE CONTROL)
When the mix control is turned all the way towards the UST side
the sound is ONLY the UST pickup sound. Full range sound of
the UST. No AST sound.
Your guitar is equipped with the exclusive B-Band XOM™ mix
control and two pickups - the UST (Under Saddle Transducer)
pickup and AST (Acoustic Soundboard Transducer) pickup.
With the mix control at any position you always hear the low
tone part of the UST pickup. This provides a very round and
solid low tone sound at any position.
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The XOM mix control blends the higher tone sounds of both the
UST and AST.
To check this, play the system through an amp system and listen to
sound of both sides of the mix control. Most likely the UST can have
a little hotter output (louder) than the AST.
BALANCE ADJUSTMENT OF THE PICKUP’S INPUT GAIN
The A6T has a dedicated input gain balance control located at the
backside of the preamp. The control is accessed through a small
hole with a screwdriver or may have a shaft sticking out from the
back that can be adjusted with fingers (see pictures). This control
is used to set the basic balance of the UST and AST so the pickups
can have equal output signal strength. This works in conjunction
with the XOM circuit. The control is set at the factory at a approximately 50 / 50 equal blend.
6. N DEP (NOTCH DEPTH ROTARY CONTROL)
7. N FREQ (NOTCH FREQUENCY ROTARY CONTROL)
The two rotary controls are for feedback control. Feedback is the
undesirable sound that sometimes occurs at medium to loud volume
levels and sometimes when standing close to the speaker that is
reproducing the guitar sound.
The N DEP (notch depth) and N FRE (notch frequency) can help
control feedback.
When using the XOM control and the sound is not balanced – for
example, if the UST side sounds louder than the AST – OR – the
AST side sounds loud or distorted – the input gain control can be
adjusted to get a more balanced mix.
The N DEP at “0” is off; at “-6” it cuts the level of the N FRE by six
decibels; and “- 15” by fifteen decibels.
The N FRE indicates a range of frequencies that can be affected
from 100 Hz to 330 Hz.
As the control is at the back of the preamp (inside the guitar),
the strings will need to be loosened to get access the back of the
preamp.
Set up by first turning the N DEP off to the full counter clock-wise
position “0”. Set the rest of the controls to suit your taste taking care
that as you do this control any initial feedback by turning down the
volume control. Once you set your sound turn the volume control up.
As you reach a feedback threshold and hear feedback, turn the N
DEP up half way and using the N FRE find the frequency where the
feedback is reduced. Once this is found you can move the N DEP
either way to make this effect stronger or weaker.
With the back, or bottom, of the A6T preamp up (so you are looking
at the bottom) turning the input gain control counter-clockwise will
blend more of the UST pickup into the mix. Turning the input gain
control clockwise will blend more of the AST into the mix.
Input
Gain Control
The Notch Depth and Frequency should be used sparingly as they
will affect the tone.
Once you experiment with the settings of these controls you will find
more about how they work.
8. PHASE (PHASE BUTTON)
The PHASE button controls the phase of the pickup in relationship to
the phase of the speaker(s) that are being used with the system.
Pushing this button in will put the pickup “out of phase” with the
speaker(s). When the button is out the pickup are “in phase.”
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This control is most useful for feedback control and will provide a
tone color. Once you experiment with the settings of this control you
will find more about how it works.
9. LOW BATT. (LOW BATTERY LED LIGHT)
The tuner has a seven Note LED Display; Half-step (#) LED; Sharp
arrow LED; Flat arrow LED and In-Tune LED. The tuner Note Display
shows the nearest note of one plucked string’s sound. If the note
showing is a half step (for example A#; C#, D# and so), the halfstep (#) LED will light.
The LED will light when the battery has lost power. Replace the battery when this light is on.
If the Sharp LED is showing the string needs to be lowered in
pitch.
This LED light will flash when a cable is connected to the output jack
of the pickup system. This shows the battery is good.
If the Flat LED is showing the string needs to be raised in pitch.
When the In-Tune LED lights the string is at the correct pitch of the
note displayed at the Note Display LED.
BATTERY
A 9-volt battery powers the B-Band A6T preamp. Before connecting the instrument to an amplifier or mixer please check that a fully
charged 9-volt battery is connected.
SETTING UP THE PREAMP FOR USE
Tune the guitar. See the tuner instructions at 10 and 11.
10. CHROMATIC TUNER LED DISPLAY
11. CHROMATIC TUNER ON / OFF BUTTON
Note LED Display
Half Step LED
In-Tune LED
Before plugging a cable into the guitar’s output jack, slide the volume control OFF (“0”), slide the 3-band EQ controls to “0”; slide the
mix control to “UST”; turn the Notch Filter and Frequency rotary
controls fully counter-clockwise; push the phase button so it is
OUT (in phase); and turn the tuner OFF.
Make sure that the amplifier or mixer volume is OFF and the EQ
tone controls are at flat or off. Plug a guitar cable into the output
jack of the guitar and into the input of the amplifier or mixer.
Flat LED
Slide the volume control of the A6T half way up (“6”). Turn the
volume of the amplifier or mixer up enough to get a good level of
sound. Refer to the amplifier or mixer instructions on how to set
up best gain structure with an instrument for the cleanest possible sound.
Sharp LED
The tuner will work with or without a cable plugged into the output
jack.
Pushing the tuner button (11) turns ON the tuner. When the tuner
is active the pickup system output is muted. No sound will go to the
amplifier or mixer when the tuner is active.
Once the desired volume level is found use the EQ on the A6T
preamp to find your tone.
Pushing the tuner button (11) again turns the tuner OFF and the
pickup system output will be active and sound will go to the amplifier.
Try moving the MID slider down a little to cut this tone. This will
bring some smoothness to the sound. Turn up the BASS slider
some to add fullness to the sound. Use the TREB control to brighten the sound. Experiment and find a tone that suits your taste.
If the tuner is ON and the tuner button is not pushed within 2
minutes the tuner will turn OFF automatically and sound returned
to the output.
Next try moving the “MIX” control more towards the “AST” side. At
a 50% / 50% mix, at the center, the sound will change. Adjust to
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Using the Notch Filter, Notch Depth and
Phase controls please see section 6, 7
and 8.
Good luck and turn it UP!
If you have any further questions, comments or issues, please contact the dealer that you made your
B-Band purchase from, or the B-Band distributor in
your region, or directly to B-Band.
B-BAND LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT
In the unlikely event that your product needs guarantee service, please contact your dealer, distributor
or manufacturer. To avoid any unnecessary inconvenience on your part, we recommend you read this
instruction manual carefully before seeking guarantee service.
YOUR GUARANTEE
By this Guarantee, B-Band guarantees the product
to be free from defects in materials and workmanship at the date of original purchase for a period of
one (1) year from that date.
If within the guarantee period the product is determined to be defective (at the date of original purchase) due to improper materials or workmanship,
B-Band will, without charge for labor or parts, repair
or (at B-Band’s discretion) replace the product or its
defective parts subject to the terms and limitations
below. B-Band may replace defective products or
parts with new or refurbished products or parts. All
products and parts replaced become the property
of B-Band.
TERMS
1. Guarantee services will be provided only if the
original invoice or sales receipt (indicating the date
of purchase, model name and dealer’s name) is presented with the defective product within the guarantee period. B-Band may refuse free-of-charge guarantee service if these documents are not presented
or if they are incomplete or illegible. This Guarantee
will not apply if the model name or serial number
on the product has been altered, deleted, removed
3. This guarantee does not cover:
a) periodic maintenance and repair or parts replacement due to wear and tear.
b) consumables (components that are expected to
require periodic replacement during the lifetime of
a product)
c) damage or defects caused by use, operation or
treatment of the product inconsistent with normal
use
d) damage or changes to the product as a result
of:
i. misuse, including:
- treatment resulting in physical, cosmetic or surface damage or changes to the product
- failure to install or use the product for its normal
purpose or in accordance with B-Band’s instructions on installation or use
- failure to maintain the product in accordance with
B-Band’s instructions on proper maintenance
- installation or use of the product in a manner
inconsistent with the technical or safety laws or
standards in the country where it is installed or
used
ii. the condition of or defects in systems with which
the product is used or incorporated except other
B-Band’s products designed to be used with the
product
iii. use of the product with accessories, peripheral
equipment and other products of a type, condition
and standard other than prescribed by B-Band
iv. repair or attempted repair by persons who are
not B-Band employees
v. adjustments or adaptations without B-Band’s
prior written consent, including:
- upgrading the product beyond specifications or
features described in the instruction manual, or
- modifications to the product to conform it to
national or local technical or safety standards in
countries other than those for which the product
was specifically designed and manufactured
vi. neglect
vii. accidents, fire, liquids, chemicals, other substances, flooding, vibrations, excessive heat, improper ventilation, power surges, excess or incorrect supply or input voltage, radiation, electrostatic
discharges including lighting, other external forces
and impacts.
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B-BAND’S ONLY OBLIGATION UNDER THIS GUARANTEE IS TO REPAIR OR REPLACE PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO
THESE GUARANTEE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. B-BAND
IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE RELATING
TO PRODUCTS, SERVICE, THIS GUARANTEE OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING - ECONOMIC OR INTANGIBLE LOSSES
– THE PRICE PAID FOR THE PRODUCT - LOSS OF PROFITS,
REVENUE, DATA, ENJOYMENT OR USE OF THE PRODUCT
OR ANY ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS - INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS OR DAMAGE. THIS
APPLIES WHETHER THAT LOSS OR DAMAGE RELATES
TO: IMPAIRED OR NON-OPERATION OF THE PRODUCT
OR ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS THROUGH DEFECTS OR
UNAVAILABILITY WHILE WITH B-BAND, WHICH CAUSED
DOWNTIME, LOSS OF USER TIME OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INACCURACY OF OUTPUT FROM THE PRODUCT OR ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS.
THIS APPLIES TO LOSS AND DAMAGES UNDER ANY
LEGAL THEORY, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE AND OTHER
TORTS, BREACH OF CONTRACT, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED
WARRANTY, AND STRICT LIABILITY (EVEN WHERE BBAND HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF
SUCH DAMAGES).
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2. This Guarantee does not cover transport costs
and risks associated with transport of your product
to and from B-Band.
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Use the EQ tone controls at the amplifier
or mixer to fine-tune the tone.
4. This guarantee covers only hardware components of the
product.
EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS
EXCEPT AS STATED ABOVE, B-BAND MAKES NO WARRANTIES (EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE) REGARDING PRODUCT PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE, OR OTHERWISE. If this exclusion is not permitted or fully permitted by applicable law, B-Band excludes or
limits its warranties only to the maximum extent permitted
by applicable law. Any warranty that cannot be fully excluded will be limited (as far as permitted by applicable law) to
the duration of this Guarantee.
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or made illegible.
Where applicable law prohibits or limits these liability exclusions, B-Band excludes or limits its liability only to the
maximum extent permitted by applicable law. For example,
some countries prohibit the exclusion or limitation of damages resulting from negligence, gross negligence, willful
misconduct, deceit and similar acts. B-Band’s liability under
this guarantee will in no case exceed the price paid for the
product, but if applicable law permits only higher liability
limitations, the higher limitations apply.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS RESERVED
Consumers have legal (statutory) rights under applicable
national laws relating to the sale of consumer products. This
guarantee does not affect statutory rights you may have nor
those rights that cannot be excluded or limited, nor rights
against the person from whom you purchased the product.
You may assert any rights you have at your sole discretion.
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International:
B-Band Ltd
Konttisentie 8
FI-40800 VAAJAKOSKI
FINLAND
Tel: +358 14 332 9050
Fax: +358 14 332 9001
Email: sales@b-band.com
Internet: www.b-band.com
USA:
B-Band, Inc.
P.O. Box 342394
Austin, Texas 78734
USA
Tel: (512) 266 3820
Fax: (512) 266 7203
Email: sales@b-bandusa.com
Internet: www.b-band.com
Germany:
B-Band GmbH
Ofener Str. 19
80689 München
Germany
Tel: 089-990 176 41
Fax: 089-990 176 42
Email: hans.herrmann@b-band.com
Internet: www.b-band.com
B-Band, B-Band logo, A6T, UST, AST, XOM, HzzLess and “microscopic lens-like gas bubbles” are either registered trademarks or trademarks of B-Band Ltd in the United States and / or other countries. Patented, patents pending. List of patents are available from B-Band Ltd
upon request. All specifications are subject to change without prior notice. All rights reserved. Copyright © 1996-2007 B-Band Ltd.
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