suggestion on preamps for dual EMG DCs w 3 controls
I recently picked up a ESP/LTD 404 which I've found a very nice carved top les paul style bass. It plays well and I really like it and wan't to work it into my gig rotation.
It has stock EMG DC35s with a passive pre. I assume the 9V powers the pups but there are no components on the PCB on the pot, just soldered connections to the traces. This bass sounds a little lifeless compared to my Spectors, Warwicks and Alembic (reeeeeeeally, that’s a shocker, huh?)
Soooo, I’m thinking a decent preamp could wake this bass up. There are 3 pots currently (V, pan, tone) so I’d like at least V, pan, and a stacked B/T control. Or possibly go full Monty and go with a stacked V/pan, stacked high mid/low mod and stacked B/T. There’s plenty of room in the cavity.
So what would be a good preamp to install? It seems I don’t have enough holes in the base for a Augilar OB3… OB2 then? EMG BTC? But if so I don’t get a mid control (which should'nt be a big deal since none of my other basses have one). Some of the pres I’m looking at don’t show or include a volume or pan pot so do I assume those are passive as I currently have and use those? In those instances, I’d only be swapping my passive tone for an active stacked control, right?
I’m very good w/soldering/electronics although have never installed a preamp in a bass.
Also, do standard concentric knobs fit the pots that come with the pres from EMG, Auiglar as I’d like to keep my smoked nickel hardware.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Last edited by BoomBoomOGTL : 03-19-2013 at 07:59 PM.