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Aguilar DB659 preamp vs Aguilar AGRO preamp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bass Clef, Apr 13, 2009.


  1. Can anyone tell me if these 2 preamps sound the same. From what I can gather they share the same controls.

    Is this correct ??
     
  2. afroman

    afroman Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Not at all.
    The DB659 is a tubey warm preamp similar to the DB750 amp in sound. The AGRO is an overdrive/distortion box. It is not a "preamp" preamp. It's supposed to be used as an effect for distortion or overdriven sounds.
     
  3. Thanks.

    That was pretty straight forward!

    Next question can you still buy the DB659 - and where ?

    or should I be looking at the DB680 for more tonal options.

    Does the DB659 sound like the DB680 or are they completely different?
     
  4. BUMP - maybe someone might be able to answer some of my questions in my last post.

    Thanks.
     
  5. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    The 659 is wonderful and discontinued. They come up for sale used on occasion in the classifieds. I believe the 680 is also discontinued. It's quite different from the 659, not nearly as warm and fat, more 'studio tube clean' and a bit dry sounding to my ear.
     
  6. afroman

    afroman Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Both the DB659 and 680 are discontinnued. The 659 is more straight-foward simple warm tube preamp, 1 rack space. The 680 is super versatile, lots of EQ options and cleaner and 2 rack spaces high.
     
  7. Thanks fellas.

    does anyone know any dealers that might still have old stock of the DB659 or DB680?
     
  8. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    i think bass specialties has a 659.
     
  9. roonetoon

    roonetoon

    Aug 9, 2006
    San Francisco
  10. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
  11. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    The 659 is a great rock pre-amp, but at $937.50, I'm not surprised the shop still hasn't sold out.
     
  12. Sjon

    Sjon

    Jul 25, 2007
    A little late perhaps, but I do find the (overdriven) Agro to sound remarkably similar to that of the DB 659.
     

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