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    X-Bridge without Ctrl-X?

    I'm interested in adding the X-Bridge to a MIM strat, and want to make sure I wouldn't be missing out on anything by not including the Ctrl-X. I will always use a TRS splitter out of the output jack of the guitar and route the piezo and magnetic signals independently (will never blend both signals into one output). I have no need to control piezo volume, and will control switching between magnetic, piezo, or both with a footswitch. I already have a Session DI I was planning on using as the preamp but am not opposed to trying a different preamp (Para DI possibly). I like the idea of not needing a battery in the guitar, and also doing the least amount of modifications. The only possible downside I see is the signal not being hot enough if a long cable run is used (or possibly a wireless system) from the piezo output to the preamp. Is there anything else I'm overlooking on not including the Ctrl-X? Thanks!

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    Hey Rangerbob86,
    It actually sounds like the setup that you want to use would be ideal for the X-Bridge without a CTRL-X. The cable length would be important in maintaining the low end.

    Other than that, it sound like the X-Bridge should work really well for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caleb_Elling View Post
    Hey Rangerbob86,
    It actually sounds like the setup that you want to use would be ideal for the X-Bridge without a CTRL-X. The cable length would be important in maintaining the low end.

    Other than that, it sound like the X-Bridge should work really well for you.
    Thanks for the quick reply! Do you think I would have any issue going X-Bridge output to a wireless unit (Shure glxd16) into the Session DI? Or would the CTRL-X work better in this case? Thanks again.

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    You wouldn't be able to send both the magnetic signal and the Piezo signal through a wireless without the CTRL-X, unless you had a stereo wireless transmitter.

    With the Shure GlxD16 you would only be able to use the magnetic signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caleb_Elling View Post
    You wouldn't be able to send both the magnetic signal and the Piezo signal through a wireless without the CTRL-X, unless you had a stereo wireless transmitter.

    With the Shure GlxD16 you would only be able to use the magnetic signal.
    I understand it would require a separate wireless unit for the magnetic and piezo, I just want to make sure that if I decide to go that route that a wireless would be able to be used before the preamp without any issues. Thanks again!

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