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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-19-2015, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Axstar AX75 - Need info!

Hello! My name is Johnny and I'm a new user at My native language is norwegian so please excuse my bad "norwenglish" !

I really hope someone can give me som information about my Axstar (by Ibanez) AX75! I believe it is a 1985 model.

What I need to know is:

- This is a HSS setup with a 3-way switch... how does that work? I (think I) hear no change between the first two positions and a considerable gain drop in third position.

- This has three pots! I believe they should be two volume controls and one tone Control? I can't sort that out. First pot seems to be some kind of master volume and the two others tone Controls with very little functionality.

By looking on the soldering and wiring inside I suspect someone, at some time, took a soldering-iron in hand and tried to do ... something!

So if someone could tell me what-is-what-and-where on this guitar I would be very greatful.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-19-2015, 01:56 PM
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Re: Axstar AX75 - Need info!

hey, welcome to the forum.

I had an axstar bass that I sold to a guy Italy. They are cool guitars, so congratulations on owning one.

As far as how it is wired I have no clue. They have active pickups and that is about all i know.

If you could upload a picture of the control cavity it may help us figure out what is going on.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-19-2015, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Axstar AX75 - Need info!

Thanks !

It is difficult to work something out - just by looking at pictures I'm afraid. I couldn't stretch the wires because og the circuit in the middle of it all !

Been testing quite a bit this afternoon. First pot is clearly some kind of a master volum. The third pot sound like some kind of a tone control. But the pot in the middle... I have no idea! It feels like the tone get "softer" as I rotate it.

Hmm... could the first position on the 3-way switch be bridge pu, the second be bridge+neck pu and the last position be neck pu. Knocking on the picups did not make me any smarter. The brochure from Axstar from 1985 says two volume + one tone. Could this mean that the second pot is volum for the midle pu?

Does this make any scence?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-24-2016, 03:25 AM
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Re: Axstar AX75 - Need info!

Resurrecting the thread obviously, but given the lack of information about these guitars, I figure I'd post anyway.

As far as I can tell on my AX75, the middle knob is a volume for the middle pickup. The switch is Bridge, Bridge/Neck, Neck. Other knobs are Master Volume and Master Tone. I determined this by looking at the wiring, but also by tapping on the pickups with a magnetic screwdriver while plugged into an amp.
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