Ernie Ball MM preamp question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by steviecsg, Nov 23, 2003.

  1. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    Are stock EB MM preamps compatible with basses of other makes?

    I've an Ibanez Musician whose preamp failed, and I don't want to spend a bomb on a EMG or Bartolini circuit.

    So I am wondering if a stock EB MM preamp will work with the bass?

  2. Corwin81


    Mar 18, 2003
    Ames, IA
    they cost about the same if not more
  3. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    nah i can get the EB MM preamp from someone cheaply for about 20 bucks.

    just curious to find out if it'll work well
  4. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    The MM preamp is designed for the MM pickup, which has THREE coils. Good luck finding a different pickup with three coils. I'm sure you could rig it to run, but you'd definitely lose some functionality.

    Edit: Apologies, the FIVE string MM stock pickup has three coils . . .
  5. dhuffguitars

    dhuffguitars Luthier/Bass Wanker depending on your opinion

    Sep 18, 2001
    UH, the only three coil MM pickup is the Bartolini made MME.

    It will work fine, if you don't buy it I could really use that preamp.

  6. Fran Diaz

    Fran Diaz

    Mar 28, 2002
    Santander, Spain
    You have to know that the EB MM STINGRAY uses a pickup with two coils while the SR5 and the Sterling have three coils. One of them is the phantom coil to avoid hum when you select single coil.

    keep groooovin'
  7. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    The only problem is that if you would like to have the EB preamp,you would have to find it used because EB will not outright sell you one unless you send them the old one.
  8. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    thats right,

    but thats not a problem as someone here is selling his preamp minus 3 eq pots as he is retaining them for his bass.
  9. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    adding to this,

    would anyone know what kind of replacement pots would work well as eq pots?