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Bartolini NTMB vs Aguilar OBP-3

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Erik B, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Erik B

    Erik B

    Sep 25, 2006
    I have an Ibanez GWB35 and I want to replace the stock pickup
    for a Bartolini BC5.
    I also want a 3 band preamp,a Bartolini NTMB or an Aguilar OBP-3 but don't know which one of these two
    would be the beter choice in combination with the pickup and bass
    Maybe you guys have some advise for me!
  2. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Depends entirely on what YOU are looking for sound-wise.

    Explain what you want and people can help you better.
  3. Erik B

    Erik B

    Sep 25, 2006
    I want to bring out the fretless mwhaaa sound more, so boost the mid frequenties.
    the Aguilar is switchable between 400 and 800 and the Bartolini 250 and 800.
  4. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    The Aguilar IMHO is more transparent and purer sounding.
    The Bartolini has more of the trademark Bart sound which many feel is a darker rounder colored tone.

    If you're already planning on a Bart pickup I'd probably just pair it with a Bart preamp.
  5. bassike


    Apr 24, 2008
    I do have the OBP2 with that pup and it is ok but nothing impressive
    I would like to try other preamps to find something that suits me better.

    this is a sound sample.
  6. prokfrog


    Mar 16, 2007
    new jersey
    Look at Glockenklang
  7. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Either preamp will work great with a fretless. Both provide very good control of the mid's (which is critical for getting mwah and that great fretless growl). I've owned fretless basses with both the Aggie OBP-3 and Bart 3-band.
    To my ear, I slightly prefer the Bart 3-band for fretless. As a previous post stated, the Aggie has a more open sounding tone (especially the highs). The highs on the Bart are more compressed (slightly muted sounding) but on fretless I typically run the treble flat so that's not a big deal to me.
  8. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
  9. bassike


    Apr 24, 2008
    hey guys talking about this I always wondered abut the bart or any other
    I don't know if you had a chance to listen to my sample; but in my opinion it is not possibe to say if it is a fretless bass or not.

    would it be the preamp or could it be the way I play?
  10. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand Commercial User

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA

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