How to get a new onboard preamp??? HELP!!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by BigBohn, Oct 9, 2001.

  1. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Hi, and thanks for clicking this thread. The upgrade I would do this to is to an ESP LTD C-305 bass that currently has active EMG pickups, and an EMG onboard preamp, I would assume. I'm not sure how many volts it is, maybe somebody could inform me of this. Anyways, I have heard that the "hotter" the pickup, the more headroom you can get. I would be playing this bass thru a Ampeg SVP-PRO rack preamp, BBE 882 compressor, and a Carvin DCM1500 to a SWR Megoliath. Do you think that I would have enough headroom already as is or do you think I should look into a 18V preamp? If so, please put me in the right direction. THANKS!
  2. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Hotter pickups will give you more gain. An 18-volt preamp will give you more headroom.
  3. jwymore


    Jul 26, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Seems like with that setup you would have plenty of headroom. If you like your sound I wouldn't mess with it. If anything you can try 18 volts to see how you like it. It's a simple and cheap thing to do. Just a harness, a battery and a little soldering.
  4. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    I believe the ESP C-305 actually has EMG PASSIVE HZ Pickups.
    Not to be confused with the Active EMG´s.
  5. jwymore


    Jul 26, 2001
    Portland, OR
    If they are the HZ's then I might be inclined to suggest replacement. Not so much for headroom reasons, but for tone reasons. Once again though, if you like the current sound you have, don't change PUP's.
  6. top028


    Dec 14, 1999
    Lancaster, PA
    Actually, I have a set of EMG select passive pickups, and they really work for me. I get a broad range of tones, every thing from jaco to dub. but then again I put in some extras like a phase switch and a series parrallel. I usually use the switch in series (punchier fuller tone w/ higer output) the phase switch is fun working with the phaser and wah kinda stuff (cuts out lots of mid bass, and only passes super-low bass, high mids and treble)
  7. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    What you have is an active tone circuit, I would throw in some actice emg soapbars and you will a good amount of difference in your sound. Oh nice setup, im also running an SVP-PRO and a carvin dcm-1500 and other stuff but this rig really does sound good.
  8. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    haha, thanks, you too! thanks to all again