What preamp would you add?
Hey my fellow Tb'ers!
How are we all today? I would like some opinions to help me decided on what preamp to pick. First ill list my bass thats being made:
-Status graphite neck
-Forest red gum body
-BADASS II bridge
- Lanepoor MM4 humbucker (bridge)
- Lanepoor P4 (neck)
So what pre amp would you pick and why?
Im looking for a very versatile sound from a warm punchy funk rock (modulus sound) to a warm mellow sound, anything and everything thats possible really...
After tring a few over the past few years, I've settled on Bartolini as my favorite preamps. They sound fantastic, are very customizeable, readily available, and priced right.
Here's all the preamps I've been through in the last couple of years:
Aguilar. Great sounding preamp, would be the winner if it had a gain control.
Audere. Transparent/bright sounding. Z-Modes are fantastic. Very high tech. No gain control.
EMG. Great sound, great price. No gain control keeps them from being a contender for me. Also no passive bypass.
Lakland. Top notch basic preamp, not very customizeable. A winner if you don't need bells & whistles.
As you can see, a gain control is an important feature for me. Nothing worse than having two basses at two totally different volume levels and no way to fix it. I don't understand why everyone does not do this. I guess it's not an issue if you only have one bass.
I've never used a Nordstrand preamp, but I've never heard a bad thing about them and would love to get one someday. Yes, they have gain controls!
So I say stick with Bart or Nordstrand.
No one EVER mentions Demeter onboard pres. I really can't understand why. It seems as if folks don't know that they exist. I currently have a Demeter in all of my basses. They are VERY natural sounding and the filters are in good places imho. I could also mention that they are easy to install. They come pre-wired with pots. (6 mm pots from Alpha I think) All you do is connect your p'ups and drop the whole thing in.
My vote is for Demeter.
For your application I would recommend a Bart, Noll or Glockenlang. Audere's work great with Lane Poor pickups, but a lot of players want that big boost that Pres give, and Audere keeps the output very equal.
It's all conjecture, best of luck!
i managed to get a Aguilar OB-2 off a friend so im going to test her out for now, I'm actually really excited to test out a Bart... They sound amazing, very nice round punch to it. Never know i may enjoy the aguilar, but either way i will still end up buying the bart to try her out :)
I currently have a nord set up on my Ibanez SR1205E and im very very happy with it.
Thank you for your awesome feed back,
Would love to hear more from people.
What Bart pre amp would you recommend? I shall buy one now while i have my mind set on it. I have three basses so ill be using both pre amps on some bass. For this rig what bart would you recommend?
Aguillar - kind of overstated, larger than life. I did not dig it...
EMG - not sure about the model but I pulled one from one of my 5's. Not sure if it was the EMG pickups or the pre but it just seemed 'kinda' lifeless. No real hi end and the lows were not punchy.
As far as gain balancing goes... Usually I do it on the floor. I generally have at least two basses wired and ready. A Radial Bassbone handles it nicely. On the occasions where I have 3 basses, an SFX micro mixer aums two of them into channel 1 of the BB and C 2 gets the oddball.
The oddball will be 1 of Godin Acoustibass fretless 18v, very hot but has on board volume on a slider which is set and forget. Or a passive fretless P or a Kala UBass solid body depending on the gig.
A pre on my agenda is the Filter Based John East. Sometime this winter when the gig schedule eases up, I'll give one of those a shot.
Audere has a buffered blend, which will work better than a passive blend when using an MM and P style pickup.
The Audere blend IS my tone control... Love it! and should have mentioned that... Dave (Meadows - Mr Audere) seems to prefer Vol- Vol to Vol- Blend. It gives more options I think was the reasoning... I like just rocking the blend a little. Seems to me that he and I had a conversation a few years back about adding some resistance (a volume pot basically) on an extra hot pickup before the preamp to balance with a less powerful pickup... I've slept since then though...
Noll makes a good pre.
Whatever you choose, I'd take a twin channel preamp to make up for the big difference in impedance between your MM and P.
Noll or Delano
John East U-Retro DeLuxe.
Internal pots to balance different pickup outputs. Sweepable mids. Active/passive. Passive treble roll-off.
I have one in my Yammy BB415.
His P-bass pre is pretty amazing.
And his MM....
Just phone him. He usually answers personally......
I was going to do this config
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