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Onboard preamp without bass and treble knobs...

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


  1. Inconnu

    Inconnu

    Nov 1, 2005
    My bass-ment
    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

    GMSweet Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2007
    New Hampshire
    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
     
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  4. Inconnu

    Inconnu

    Nov 1, 2005
    My bass-ment
    Thank you! That's exactly what I had in mind.
     
  5. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Why not use a boost pedal?
     
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    ^^^^
    This
     
  7. 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?
     
  8. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
  9. wcriley

    wcriley

    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    Disclosures:
    Uncompensated endorsing user: fEARful
    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

    Jan 24, 2003
    Newport News, VA via NYC
    Disclosures:
    Kohlman Bassworks
    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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