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70's Sound City and Sadowsky Preamp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tojo7, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Tojo7


    Jul 17, 2006
    Hey guys, so here's the deal:

    I have an Orange 4x10 and a Ashdown Solid State head that's been giving me nothing but trouble :(
    A friend of mine as a Sound City Custom Built L100 Mark III guitar amp head that he could loan me, as long as I take it to a tech to do a full check up and put in new tubes.
    The thing is, it's a guitar amp head that has a passive preamp section, and probably won't give me the low end I need. I was thinking of buying a Sad Preamp/DI so that way I can give a cool sound directly to the mixer, combined with the distorted sound of the SC, captured by mic. That's the kind of sound I want, full lows with a distorted sound on top :)

    So, do you think it's a cool thing to do? It would certainly look cool, the SC on top of the Orange 4x10 :bassist:
  2. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    before you add a preamp to it, i would first try it as it is. IMO, soundcity guitar and bass amps have great tone in their stock form. there isn't a lot of difference between their guit/bass amps either (kinda like Marshall). i have a SoundCity 150 Bass and i love it.

  3. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Sound City amps have high quality transformers (Partridge, IIRC) and that's a big part of the tone. The amp will probably sound pretty darn good on bass. I routinely use guitar amps in the studio (Marshall Plexis, Twins, etc) because they add great character to the the sound. Mixing that with a DI signal can sound amazing.
  4. Tojo7


    Jul 17, 2006
    Yes, thanks, that's what I was thinking, trying the amp solo and then if there isn't enough low end I would add the Preamp.
    I'm just a little afraid that it's going to distort too soon. But nothing like trying it :)
    Just have to wait for the tech now!

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