Does the Aguilar DB924 Outboard Preamp suck?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lostcausebass, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. lostcausebass


    Oct 29, 2002
    Okay, I have a fretless jazz bass with nylon tapewounds. Passive.

    My dad just picked up an Ibanez 490 with an active preamp, and we love how much it does for the sound.

    I want to buy the DB924. Anyone who has it and loves it, tell me, anyone who had it but hated it please share why...

    Is it clippable to a guitar strap?
  2. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    I've got one, and I like it. I don't think you could attach it to your strap without some major rigging, and even then, it's pretty big. More like small stompbox size than large wireless pack. Too big, I'd say.

    I like the boost it imparts. It's perfect for cranking up a passive, but as for fretless- you've only got 2 frequencies to adjust. 40 and 4k hz aren't exactly the tone zone for optimum fretless flavor, but it will definitely add gain to your signal. The EQ is quite smooth and tasty, but I think there might be better DI's for fretless...

    right now my favorite DI is the J-retro Stompbox.
    It sounds GOOD! Costs a little more than the Aggie though.
    Lots of info here: Jretro forum on the dudepit
  3. lostcausebass


    Oct 29, 2002
    xush- thanks. i never really thought about the problems that DI's could have when used with a fretless bass...i guess i should look into getting a nice fretless one. anyone else?
  4. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    I'm real happy with the box. It's built like a tank and very easy to use. I've found it to be very quiet and not affected by RF noise. And it's also very transparent.

    The only real issues I might have is that it would be nice if it had a toggle switch to turn it off and on. Kind of a active/passive setting. Also wish that it had boost without affecting the overall EQ for passive pickups that just need more output, like my Geddy Lee Jazz.

    There was an aggrevating issue that I had awhile ago, when changing batteries. I had a heck of a time getting the second battery to snap into the connectors when the first one was in place.

    I'm sending mine up to the boys in Seattle that are running the Basstasters testing so that they can record some clips from it. So if you want to hang tight for the clips to be posted it will give you a chance to hear it compared to the Sadowsky box.

    The Sadowsky outboard preamp is certainly another one to look at. Great stuff from Roger.;)
  5. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Get the Sadowsky preamp/DI stomp box. You won't regret it for a moment. You'll end up running all your basses through it!!:)

  6. DaveB


    Mar 29, 2000
    Toronto Ontario
    I have a DB 924 but I quit using it when I went to an active bass. It was a great tool for passive basses and I highly recommend it. It seemed to do more for J's than for P's for some reason. As for the comparison to the Sadowsky box it's tough to compare because the circuitry is identical.The Sadowsky was designed by the same guy who designed the Aguilar.You would be happy with either one.
  7. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    I do. I even run my active basses (set flat of course) through it. AMAZING tone to an amp or straight to the board.
  8. Sadowsky

    Sadowsky Commercial User

    Nov 1, 2000
    New York City
    Owner: Sadowsky Guitars Ltd.
    I have to correct this as it is not correct. Although Alex did the prototyping and for me back in 1989, the Aguilar pre is not identical to the Sadowsky at all. The Aguilar is an 18 volt system with 18db of boost. The Sadowsky is a 9 volt system with 13 db of boost. And although the frequency centers are in the same place, the tone is different between the two. The Aguilar sounds like an Aguilar and the Sadowsky sounds like a Sadowsky. And aside from tone, the Sadowsky has many more features.

    It is not tough to compare at all, especially if you can A-B both. Since I sell mine on 7 day approval, you can purchase the Sadowsky and then take it to the shop selling the Aguilar and do a direct A-B yourself. Just return the Sadowsky within 7 days if it is not the right preamp for you and I will give you a refund. I

    Roger Sadowsky
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