D.I./pre pedals direct to power amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by emblymouse, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. emblymouse

    emblymouse Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W' Sconsin
    Endorsing Artist Lakland**Bag End**Schroeder
    Are pedals like the Sadowsky, SansAmp VT bass DI, or the even Radial Bassbone able to operate well as the sole pre amp into a power amp?

    I've got a Demeter Minnie and I'm using a custom lunchbox tube preamp - bare bones Vol Bass Treble- In and Out. I need to add a DI. I've started looking at these pre pedals which got me wondering how they would perform if used with my Minnie alone. I like simple.
  2. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player

    Jun 12, 2008
    This comes up from time to time, and you should be able to find some of the earlier threads on the topic. The bottom line is "it depends" on the pre-amp/power amp pairing. Some pedals produce enough output voltage swing for a given power amp to use effectively, some don't. The SansAmp is spec'ed to be able to handle this. The Bassbone isn't, but might be OK for some power amps with higher-than-normal sensitivity.