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best onboard pre for 5 string j bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Scott Lynch, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. Scott Lynch

    Scott Lynch Supporting Member

    I recently picked up the bass from a friend who didn't want it anymore. It's a mexican deluxe active model, so the battery box and side jack are already routed. I've decided to replace the pickups with lindy fralins. I'm looking for versality with this preamp. Currently I've been playing in a top 40 cover band, so any current style goes - pop/rock, r&b, some funk, punk, etc. The aguilar OBP-3 seems like a good choice. I've also looked up the j-retro, bartolini and sadowsky models. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any replies.
  2. Scott Lynch

    Scott Lynch Supporting Member

  3. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    What controls does that bass currently have? Are the controls mounted on a bell plate like a 4-string jazz?
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    J Retro!
  5. You might want to look into the EMG-BQS Control. It's a 3 band EQ with a sweepable mid and it also has adjustments for the treble's knee frequency. The control works great with passive pickups and is very quiet. I recently replaced the preamp in my Yamaha TRB5 with one of these. It was about $100 for the unit.
  6. Best onboard preamp is none, especially for a J bass. Better to spend money on real preamp with a transformer and vacuum tubes.=, not a 9 volt battery operated gimmicky circuit.

    That said, try sadowski's or aguilar's if you must.
  7. dabshire


    Dec 15, 2002
    McKinney, TX
    Aguilar OBP-3 or OBP-1
  8. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Sadowsky, without a doubt

  9. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK