Best onboard preamp to pair with Dimarzio Split P's

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by drooldud, Jan 14, 2013.


  1. drooldud

    drooldud

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    So i'm in the process of building a dream (to me ) bass.

    I'm taking a beat up MIJ Fender P Bass and putting in a Dimarzio Split P and a second P in te bridge position (ala the Blacktop Series Jazz Fender makes)

    I already figured I'm going to add a couple switched or push/pull pots for series/paralell but now I am trying to figure out the best onboard preamp to pair it with.

    3-hole, 5 hole, whatever, i really dont care. It's a frankenbass that will have no resale value so I dont care about how many knobs it has.

    What I do want is 3 (B,M,T) or 4 ( B,LM,HM,T) band eq, active/ passive with passive tone and individual volume knobs.

    My goal here is to make a bass that is extremely versatile.

    Split P in Paralell giving a Soapbar style tone, In series giving a modern-traditional P bass tone. EQ to taste.

    I also hear these pickups are EXTREMELY hot output so perhaps I should scrap the idea of onboard preamp altogether?

    Would love to hear some opinions!

    Thanks y'all!
  2. drooldud

    drooldud

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    or possibly split/paralell pull pots
    and a passive tone knob for each pickup
    and a volume for each pickup?
  3. Clark Dark

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  4. drooldud

    drooldud

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    i appreciate the response.... but have no clue what you are trying to tell me? lol
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  6. Clark Dark

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    Some of the BC Rich Mockingbirds came with dual P's. I posted the video of Jerry Preston working with a Mockingbird with the electronics I posted the link to from Neal Moser.
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    Some BC Rich Mockingbird basses have a dual P configuration. Mine does.
  8. drooldud

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    ah! Cool! Not what i'm going for though.

    Looking for something with more of a growl. I use a GK 1001RBII amp and 2 Mesa Powerhouse 410 cabs. My ideal sound is something along the lines of Justin Chanellor (Tool) but obviously this isnt the bass to do it with (or maybe it is?)

    I want something that can be a P-Bass with just the neck pickup and something fuller sounding with the bridge as well!

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