Darkglass Preamps 4 Band

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Means2nEnd, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    Not sure if this was covered yet. I had some email exchanges with Doug and I was asking about on board active preamps like the one in Nolly's Dingwall. He said a 4 band like a B7k with a slightly lower EQ point in the low mids probably around 500K would be available. I don't know about you guys but I'm losing my mind I can't wait. I'm working on two builds and I think the EQ on my B7K pedal is awesome. Woohoo

    He told me they would be available in a few weeks. Probably in the $150-$160 or so US price point.
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Good lord. If they have a gain control adjustment I'm going to be a busy dude installing these preamps!
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  3. AciDBatH666


    Feb 13, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    You sure he said 4 band? The Pre is supposed to be 3 band (bass, Low mid and High mid).
    Good to finally see a price though. I've actually got a Dingwall NG-2 on order, but still plan to replace at least one or two of my other basses with the DK Pre. I'm wondering how nasty it's going to turn my Charvel with 18v active EMGs.
  4. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    I could have got that screwed up... This was his response to one of my questions...

    The preamp will be very similar to the EQ on the 7K, low mids are at 500Hz instead of 1k, but the rest is pretty close!
  5. AciDBatH666


    Feb 13, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    Yeah I hear ya. Or at least get what you're saying. Doug said that it ditches the Treble (which I always keep at neutral anyways). The mids are really where the B#Ks shine. I'm anxious to put the bark in one of my basses..... even more anxious to see the next batch of Dingwalls completed and out the door!
  6. AciDBatH666


    Feb 13, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
  7. ctmullins

    ctmullins Dominated Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    I'm intrigued. But I'm not familiar with Darkglass, so I'm wondering how this differs from, say, an Aguilar OBP-3? The frequency centers, obviously. Anything else?
  8. AciDBatH666


    Feb 13, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    It's basically their B7K pedal without the gain and treble. It's in the Dingwall NG-2 Combustions. I have an NG-2 on order, and was planning on getting the pre-amp for another bass that's got an 18v set of active EMGs with just two volumes and a general tone knob. For a lot of us guys playing heavier stuff, this gives us more control over our mids, which is where a lot of us punch through the mix to be heard. A lot of the guys here have really been anticipating its release.
  9. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Quite intriguing, eager to hear in depth reviews
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    You know what would be another cool feature that would really set these apart from other preamps on the market...other than an output gain control?

    TWO output gain controls...one for each pickup. That would allow for dialing in the balance between the pickups that you want..no more 'weak neck pickup' problems with basses that use different pickups for the bridge and neck. I never understood why preamp makers don't do this so there must be a reason. Audere kinda does it on their Z-Mode preamps, but only in one of the modes.

    Just an idea :) I've dreamed about a preamp with those features for years and I'd love to see Darkglass do it and put a hurt on the other preamps out there!
  11. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    John East J/U-Retro preamps have separate gain controls for each pickup. That said unless you're using very different kinds of pickups together it's rarely an issue that can't be addressed with pickup height (i.e. as long as you're running matched J pickups, dual soapbars, P/J setup, etc.)

    In any case I don't really see the DG Tone Capsule trying to compete with that market segment (Audere, John East, Mike Pope, etc.) so much as directly with preamps like the Aguilar OBP-3 and Bartolini NTMB, arguably the two most popular on the market by far. In that area I think it does a great job of hitting the mark with price and features.

    NOZMEDA Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Cape Girardeau, MO
    What if....... Micro tube in an onboard preamp. Yeah I know, probably not possible without a bunch of hassle but that would be crazy to imagine.
  13. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    I think Bestbassgear carries these now...
  14. Pappasgrind

    Pappasgrind Goratory-sour grapes out now!!

    Aug 13, 2009
    They do $200 im gonna pull the trigger on one soon if anyone else has already please spill the beans
  15. just an idea, this could be mounted into a pedal fairly easily right? wouldnt be too much to just throw a couple in/out jacks, a dc power, and an switch.

    i supose at that point its very similar to a b7k, but could be cool.
  16. newspectorguy


    Mar 22, 2015
    I am interested in dropping one of these into a pedal box. Has anyone ever done that?