favorite pre's under $300 (pedal or rack)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by greenbass5, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. greenbass5


    Sep 16, 2007
    Oklahoma City
    I'm looking to put together a backup rig consisting of my old trusty DPC 1000 amp and a pre of some sort pedal or rack, don't really care at this point. No DI is not a disqualifier. I love my Sadowsky bass and love my passive J's. I tend to like tones from all over the spectrum. But, I tend to go for a jaco, Will Lee and Johnny B Gayden sound mixed together. Hope that makes maybe a little sense. Thing is, if I have to pay much more than $300 or so, I'd probably go find a LMII or LMIII or something and call it done. Thanks.
  2. mcapote


    Sep 9, 2009
    Miami Florida
    tech 21 sansamp RBI?
  3. line6bassist

    line6bassist Supporting Member

    May 16, 2009
    san antonio/austin
    + 1
  4. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    Aguilar Tone Hammer
  5. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Tech 21 VT Bass, or the upcoming VT Bass Deluxe are my first suggestions. I use a VT Bass and love it. For the types of tones you're after you could just keep the drive knob low and be in tone heaven.
  6. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.


    My other favorite is the Sadowsky Pre/DI.
  7. rocknrollbandit


    Jan 15, 2009
    my favorite pre is my palm pre
  8. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    these are my recommendations:
    used: Yamaha PB-1 or Ashly BP-41
    new: Art Pro Channel (3 tubes)-parametric, tube or opto compression
  9. Tech21 BDDI
    Presonus Eureka
    M-Audio Tampa
  10. geeza


    Mar 15, 2009
    Earth, but just barely.
    I'm not wearing pants
    I use a PreSonus Studio Channel. I'll probably get a SansAmp RBI or RPM at some point just for more grit.
  11. 4lPh4n0m3g4


    Nov 19, 2004
    Any of the offerings by Tech21 would be good IMO.

    Also, If you consider buying used, you can open up the range of choices.
  12. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I like my BBE 383 a lot. It was cheap (70 bucks) and does the job.
  13. svtscruggs


    Mar 18, 2006
    nashville, tn
    Endorsing Artist: Ampeg Amps, Fender and Music Man basses
    the sadowsky pedal is pretty rad...i use it a lot...
  14. greenbass5


    Sep 16, 2007
    Oklahoma City
    Thanks guys. The VT sounds good. I've got one of the older Sadowsky outboards that I use on my passive J's. Does the Sadowsky pre/DI drive most power amps?
  15. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Have the PB-1 and LMII and can highly recomend both
  16. jimmyjames77

    jimmyjames77 Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    Just West of Chicago
    EBS valvedrive is very versatile in the right hands.
  17. bassguppy


    Jan 8, 2003

    +1 to either of these
  18. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    +1. I have used other rack pre's, but always come back to this one. Bi-ampable, compressor, adjustable crossover, great eq section, " punch " option, BBE Processs option. You can find them for sale cheap on EBay. I believe fellow TB'er Bob Lee still uses one.
  19. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    The VT bass is a good sounding solution for backup duty. One catch: the levels offer gobs of gain and are fairly sensitive.

    If I needed a VT to swap in as a backup mid-gig, I'd be leaning hard toward the programmable VT deluxe. Of course, if you need this box now, waiting for the deluxe to be released isn't an option.
  20. greenbass5


    Sep 16, 2007
    Oklahoma City
    Well, it's not something I have to have right now. I've been thinking about having a light second rig. I mainly use the DPC 1000 for augmenting my SM400 on bigger gigs which it does perfectly. Not familiar with the BBE or the PB-1, so I'll look those up. Thanks.
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