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- As Gene pointed out, being able to use standard TRS cables is a big thing for me. Those stereo/dual mono cables are fragile and more prone to noise issues (my tech guy agrees, it's not just my imagination!).
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This is exactly the reason why the SP2 input is via a TRS jack. Apart from the fact that TRS cables are more robust, they are cheaper to build and lighter.

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- The stereo and mono outputs can be used concurrently, which adds to your routing options.


As a side note, the TRS output and the mix output (aka 1+2 output) have completely separate output circuits. In other words, the mix out is not a extra out that is created with a couple of extra resistors. It is a separate output in its own right.

The mix out was inspired by the fact that I saw Stick players with all sort of devices to play in a simple, single input amplifier. With Stick pickups (the ACTV2 is probably an exception) one cannot simply sum the treble and bass signals with a stereo-to-mono cable. The pickups load each other and the signal quality drops. The only way to do it without signal degradation is with an active circuit.

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I just saw this one in the SFX facebook page. Is there any way to buy the SP-2 in this configuration?


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rulyongo wrote:
I just saw this one in the SFX facebook page. Is there any way to buy the SP-2 in this configuration?


Be sure - ask Max for it, but it seems for me the standard configuration for the SP2.

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Thanks! Just got an email from Max. Does anybody uses it with the PASV 4 pickups?

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rulyongo wrote:
Thanks! Just got an email from Max. Does anybody uses it with the PASV 4 pickups?


I have a 12 String Grand with PASV 4, a 10 String Grand with ACTV 2 and a Warr TGSS with custom humbuckers and active electronics. It sound excellent with all of them.

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Will order it. Thanks!!!

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Post Re: sfx SP-2 Stick Preamp
I recently picked up one of these and am very pleased with the quality. It's quite compact and I like the tone control. Is it on par with a StepAbout 2? I don't think so.

Then again, it's not an apples to apples comparison as the StepAbout has considerably more features and is a bit more - it all boils down to you get what you pay for. I love being able to use a TRS directly into the SP-2, BUT, I can't switch or combine effects (which is insanely cool) like one would on the StepAbout - which is a feature all unto it's own.

It's a win-win either way as they are designed with the Stickist in mind.

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