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Redundant Preamp?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by MrBKerth, Feb 24, 2014.


  1. MrBKerth

    MrBKerth Bass Player with Big Local Supporting Member

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    Hello all. So I have a streamliner 900 and I've been looking to get a slightly more overdriven and warm sound out of it. I like the tone of the ebs valvedrive ( I know, expensive ) but is adding a distortion/preamp pedal to this amp that already has a tube pre already in it pointless and redundant?
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Not if it's getting a different sound that you like.
     
  3. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

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    It's only pointless and redundant if you can already get the tone you want from the amp itself. And even then, a stompbox can be a practical addition. My amp has a very nice "drive" circuit, but I tend to leave it at a pretty mild setting, and keep a distortion pedal (alsdo EBS, as it happens) on my pedalboard where I can quickly kick it in and out of my signal path when I hit passages that cry out for extra dirt.
     
  4. MrBKerth

    MrBKerth Bass Player with Big Local Supporting Member

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    Thanks! I tend to doubt my moves tone wise since I'm just edging into the waters with nothing but tb as reference. I've been at bass only two years and tone building for only 1 so I like to get opinions.

    I like the GB gain stage and it's general presence a lot but sometimes (probably my settings or maybe even bass) it is a little "loose" in the distortion tone. My idea was to ad warmth and that tight crunchy dirt I've heard out of these pedals.

    Secondary query, Is this something that you'd put inbetween the bass and amp or in the effects loop (never had an effects loop before)
     
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  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I never use a loop for any reason at any time, especially when using dirt pedals or pres.
     
  7. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

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    Putting it between the bass and amp lets you shape the distorted sound with your amp's tone controls. I don't know your particular amp, buit the effects loop is probably post-EQ.
     

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