which preamp would you recommend for me
I found a cheap Squire Fender bass that plays great, and sounds good acoustically. I bought some Joe Barden pups for it, but it still sounds thin.
Will changing out the preamp help significantly?
Which preamp should I consider?
I'm looking for crispy attack, bark, and a tight low end.
My main gigging bass is a Warwick Corvette $$.
I'm going to go against the grain and say Demeter. If your bass sounds good acoustically, a Demeter will sound great.
I wouldn't put an on-board pre as an upgrade on a Squire.
I'd try one of the outboard boxes (Sans Amp, Sadowsky, Ken Smith, Aguillar, Fodera, Mike Pope...lots of options).
That way you can always change if your tastes change without the need to do any soldering. And, it's going to be easier to sell or trade.
I have a Tech-21 VT Bass Deluxe that is super versatile, a Ken Smith P.A.P.A that gives any bass some KS tone, and a K&K that I use for my upright but is also nice on electric.
I am a fan of the Aguilar OBP-3 and the Bartolini NTMB.
If the bardens sound thin there either is something broken (not wired up correctly), the bass itself sucks or has a several assembly or setup problem or you don't like the kind of bass sound for this kind of bass (which kind, anyway? Jazz?).
Either way preamp won't fix it. You can test the theory with an amplifying pedal (boss eq or so) to test the theory.
Seeings as though your main bass is active, an on board preamp may be exactly what your looking for. I would also recommend and Aguilar OBP-2 or 3
Pre-amp suggestion: J-Retro
I'll add my suggestion here...
John East's J-Retro.
I have actually played a Squier 5 string with this and it was wicked! (granted that the owner had changed the pickups to better ones...Seymour Duncan's I think. Barden's should be good too.)
Even though itís a Squier bass, and the preamp is expensive in terms of the bass, it can put it on steroids and put it up there with much more expensive basses in my opinion....
I love 'em!!
do you need EQ or is standard tone acceptable? If you dig the regular tone
Go cheap and get a bart TC3.
for a little more wampum, forget the TC3 and get an EMG set with out EQ
if you need EQ,
aggie obp's are hard to beat.
If you really want the high end option John East. I have them in both my jazz basses.
ZuluFunk has it right. The bardins are great PUs, an outboard pre will get you what you want without having to mod the bass any further. And if you ever sell the bass, you still have the pre-amp (you never get your money back with mods).
I like the Sadowsky outboard pre, the Aguilar Tone Hammer is also quite good.
Sorry I had to add..
To me it doesn't matter if a bass is cheap or not. As long as its good and you're getting what you need from it (matter of opinion).
But if you're going to do a mod, do it properly or you'll just keep on repeating, adding/subtracting, spending...etc. False economy!
On the other hand, I have a KSD that I've modded over the years with each mod carefully though out and every mod improved the bass by some measure and I didn't have to repeat the mod (if you know what I mean).
I'll never recover the money spent but the bass is one of the best I've played. (Still worked out cheaper that a high end bass and remember that if you decide to sell, it can be done again...)
You decide if the bass is a keeper then don't 'cheap out' on the mod or mods!
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