Aquilar 659 Preamp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by JRBrown, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Has any one tried this preamp out yet? Your comments?

  2. Chuck M

    Chuck M Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    I have one and like it a lot. It has more clarity than the Alembic F-1X and more EQ range than a Demeter VTBP-201. The Demeter is still my favorite but the Aguilar is a great preamp too.

  3. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    I have one too. It is awesome. Nice thick growly tone but still detailed and hi-fi- not muddy at all. I wouldn't pay $1000 for it (current street price new) but if you can find one used for under $600 I say go for it.
  4. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    I own and use one. Mine is currently racked with a Stewart 1.6. Despite its rather low output, the preamp sounds very good; a nice combination of low-end warmth and modern, upper-register extension. Good ergonomics and easy to use on a gig, too.
  5. vanselus


    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    I used to have one and loved it, but I sold it to get a 680 for a much more detailed, chewy sound. Not to mention the flexibility...

    oh, and i'd describe the 659 as clearer than the kern or alembic, thicker than the demeter, but not as heavy in the mids. Sounded a little "scooped" to me.
  6. CaptainWally

    CaptainWally Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2000
    Sandy Eggo, CA
    Mind sounds good, but I have no idea if I'd like something more. ??? On, most of the sound good to me.

    So I'll just keep what I have I guess.