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Built in FX ideas?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by HAdam, May 27, 2017.

  1. HAdam


    Jun 24, 2016
    Long Island, NY
    So I've got a MIJ Fender Jaguar bass. It's got a by passable active preamp that I hardly ever use. I was thinking that it would be a cool experiment to remove the preamp and replace it with the internals of an effect or something like that. I was thinking a clean boost pedal like the TC spark would be simple and cool. Any one else have any ideas?
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  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    Lita Ford's Warlock guitar (nicknamed Morice) has a boost switch onboard:

    B.C. Rich Lita Ford Signature Warlock Electric Guitar

    that first switch up from the bottom is the boost
    unfortunately BC Rich has completely removed their page that once included the specs for the guitar :bored:
  3. Effects on basses almost always wind up being gimmicky. Stick to something practical, like a clean boost, or perhaps a distortion. If you stick a flanger or a delay pedal in there, the thrill will wear off pretty fast.

    I seem to recall a particular company offering effects pedals in onboard preamp format, for precisely this purpose. Perhaps someone recalls the name?
  4. HAdam


    Jun 24, 2016
    Long Island, NY
    Yeah I agree, stuff like that is better suited to a pedal board. Probably gonna stick a cheap boost in there just to see if I can. Think an MXR Micro amp would sound nice? Also, will having the boost's circuitboard so close to the pickups cause some sort of interference?
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  6. HAdam


    Jun 24, 2016
    Long Island, NY
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  7. HAdam


    Jun 24, 2016
    Long Island, NY
  8. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Guitar Fetish has some onboard effects they market under the MODboard name. Details here.

    I don't think they're that great an idea. You're better off sticking to a preamp. If you're bored, get a better one.
  9. Ah! That's the company that I was thinking of, in post 3. That's an easy way to get into onboard effects.