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How good is Aguilar?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Eric Cameron, Oct 29, 2001.


  1. I'm getting an Aguilar OBP-1 onboard pre-amp for my Squire P, and I want to know how you guys feel about this. Any trouble, past experiance, that sort of thing. It's going to be running a Duncan Vintage P, plus 2 Duncan Vintage Js. Do I have too many pickups for this, or do I need a second pre-amp? Even though I moderate this forum I'm still pretty new to the idea of onboard pre-amps, and I'm still learning.

    Rock on
    Eric
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You might have to route out some of the body under the pickguard for the pre-amop & 2 batteries to fit. I have the pre-amp in a Warmoth bass w/EMG-40J's & it's one of the best basses I own. If you have some knowledge w/a soildering iron you should be OK.
     
  3. LowRanger

    LowRanger

    Dec 24, 2000
    That's good to know. I'm thinking of stuffing one into a Conklin GT7. Once I remove the stock preamp, it looks like there's enough room in the control cavity to park an 18-wheeler.

    Nino, where did you get yours from? Suggestions?

    Thanks guys!
     
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  5. I think the Ag is a good preamp, BUT it is boost-only, which is a little strange to me. I know that the Sadowsky outboard (built by Ag, I believe) is the same way. It's not that big of a deal, if you remember that boosting the bass and treble will be similar to cutting the mids, but I'd rather just stick with what I know.
     
  6. The Sadowsky preamp was co-designed by Roger and Aguilar. While the controls are bass and treble boost only, as you boost them beyond a certain point there is attentuation of the mids.

    From Sadowsky's site:

    "Eveytime I tried mid boosts ranging anywhere from 250Hz to 750Hz, I felt all it did was muddy up the sound of the instrument. As you boost the treble and the bass on our preamp, it attenuates the mid at about 300Hz. That's where there's no overlap between the low and the treble bands. Even though you're boosting bottom, because your're attenuating the mid's, the bottom get's tighter rather than boomier. All a midrange boost does is counteract the sound that I've been known for , for many years. "