Originally Posted by warwickstage2
Hey folks...just stumbled on Talkbass.com and figured I'd setup a profile to ask ya'll about preamps.
I have a 1996 Warwick Streamer Stage I 4-string and the MEC preamp is all but garbage. I'm looking for an upgrade but don't know much about this shiz. I looked at the Aguilar OBP-3 but my buddies down at Bass Central told me I'd have to route out some wood to make it fit. So that's a no-go.
I'm looking for a 9V active 3-band preamp with bass/mid/treble/volume controls.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
The Michael Pope Flex Core is relatively simple to install if you have sufficient room. You'd have to check to see if you have enough vertical clearance for some of the circuit boards attached to the pots. Since it's modular, there are quite a number of available options, depending on how many pots and/or switches you want. For the Streamer Stage I, you have places for four knobs. You could have has many as three stacked knobs to give you something like volume (with push-pull active/passive), blend, stacked treble/bass, and stacked high-mid/low-mid.
The preamp is very clean sounding across the spectrum and is the most versatile preamp I own. These include several Fender models, OBP-3 (also a great preamp), East J-Retro, and Bartolini. The Pope and Aguilar are my favorites.
Here's a picture of the one I installed in my Sadowsky UV70.
This is the one I put in my Lakland 55-94. Note that this one is on 9 volts. It's very simple to do either 9 or 18 volts, and it sounds great either way. The control knob layout on the 55-94 is very similar to that of your Streamer.
And here's one I installed in a Daniel Fernandez Custom.