Can I just replace my preamp?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ItchyBass, Oct 13, 2001.

  1. ItchyBass


    Oct 12, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    Here is my dilemma…

    I have a Peavey B-Quad 4. It is basically a Modulus, with the Peavey name slapped on it, and Peavey Electronics. I am not “diss-ing” Peavey, as it sounds incredibly high-fi, but has zero warmth. The same electronics in the Cirrus line sound fine, but with this full graphite neck… No good!

    Because this thing was routed for Peavey pickups, finding something to fit in the cavities has been a chore. Can I just replace the preamp, while keeping the Peavey “Active VLH” pickups, and expect improved tone? Or do I need to go with all new pickups?

    The preamp in there now is a 18 volt system, would I need to replace it with a 18 volt system, or will 9 volts do? Unlike the EMG's I have in another bass the Peavey pickups are not directly wired with a lead from the battery... what does that mean?

    I am lost! Help!
  2. I think this guy is JWC
  3. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    i think your peavey has active electronics with passive pickups, which is like most active basses out there. so yes, you could just switch preamps.

    and it doesn't matter whether you have an 18v or 9v preamp.