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Electronics for Progressive Metal

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by snail415, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. snail415


    Oct 8, 2017

    I acquired a lefty MTD Kingston Heir 5 lefty. Great instrument out the gate, but want a very specific combination of preamp/pickups together to get a very compressed, yet well-voiced tone from the bass.

    It has an MM/J configuration, with 5 knobs. I intend to add mid selection and series/parallel switching.

    I've literally watched every video on YouTube that might shed light on this, with questions still. Here are the combinations I'm contemplating:

    1. OPB3 with Bartolini Original MM and Classic J

    2. OPB3 with EMGs

    3. Lakland HL-3 with Barts.

    I want good attack and brick-like waveforms (I record direct 99% of the time), but not the commonly-sterile EMG sound. If Barts can get adequately squeezed with an outboard plugin/compressor, than this is an easy decision. I struggle more with preamps; I want the right frequencies and lots of flexibility.

    If anyone wants to get a feel for what I'm after, my music is on SoundCloud/snail415.

    Thanks all,
  2. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
    Hello Justin. Two comments on this part:

    1. If you want the right frequencies, then you must either be able to say which they are (center freq. or freq. range per band) to source a solution OR be willing to do some trial and error to find a solution by proof.

    2. For flexibility, try the Audere Classic 4 Band preamp with mid frequency selector.

    The Michael Pope Flex Core preamp could work for you, too, but I never played one (except for the custom for Fodera versions) and can't vouch for it.

    Lastly, though I can vouch for the Nordstrand 2-band preamp (I love the 2B-4C), I never owned the Nordstrand 3-band preamp, which I think would be the version for you.

    Good luck!

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