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Onboard preamp without bass and treble knobs...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Inconnu, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Inconnu

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    Hi!

    I was thinking of adding an onboard preamp to a bass I have that is, well, less powerful then the others I have. I don't really need a bass, mid or treble knob, just more power, but flat EQ-wise.

    I know there's a little onboard preamp available on the market that does that, I think the price tag is around 65$, but I can't seem to find it or remember who makes it.

    Any idea? Any other suggestions for what I need?
  2. GMSweet

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    I think a Bartolini TC3 would work for your purposes. Check it out at http://www.bestbassgear.com/bartolini-preamps-tc3.htm.

    I don't have any experience with one of these, but I've seen it in my travels. Perhaps someone with direct experience will chime in for you.

    Matt
  3. Inconnu

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    Thank you! That's exactly what I had in mind.
  4. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    Why not use a boost pedal?
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    ^^^^
    This
  6. Jamie_Funk

    Jamie_Funk Supporting Member

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  7. line6man

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    All non-PCB mount preamps can be wired with no EQ pots. The bigger question is whether or not they are transparent with the EQ flat. Be mindful of that when choosing a preamp.

    Preamps are not usually meant to boost the signal. Many are unity-gain. If you want something simply to give a boost and provide the typical advantages of a buffered signal, without EQ, perhaps you might consider building a small JFET or opamp based circuit?
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  9. wcriley

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    I could be wrong, but isn't the Redeemer a unity gain buffer?
    The OP is looking for something with gain.
  10. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    Most of the EMG active pickups come this way. You can add eq if you want but many leave them without. I had a Cort B2A that was active with standard tone control. No Bass/Treble. I also had a bass with some older Seymour Duncans (with the dip switches) that were active. No eq.

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