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Ibanez gio preamp replacement

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by atlboriqua, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. atlboriqua


    Nov 13, 2007
    Hey guys,

    So I just picked up an Ibanez gio off of craigslist for $150. I know this isn't by any means a gem, but I have been looking for a workhorse bass for my cover gigs.

    My main bass is a 4 string fender American jazz bass. As great as it sounds, it doesn't give me the beef for some rock songs we do. Plus I could really use the low B. I'm looking at removing the "phat II" preamp that is currently in it and putting an Aguilar OBP3 in it. Does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations? I figure for the price I bought it for would justify me spending another $150-$200 to make it sound more "presentable"
  2. vxjoe


    Sep 22, 2013
    I used a bass mods eq to replace the original in my Sr 805. Active, passive stacked bass, treble. Passive tone stacked with mid pot. Push pull active passive on volume pot. Sounds great, brought out the B string like I wanted. Passive is a welcome addition. Never heard an opb3. But these are half the price and go right in. Even with the active pickups. Let us know how it goes.
  3. BassLife77


    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
    I own 2 of those basses and if you are going to drop an Aguilar in there you should also upgrade the pickups. When I upgraded mine it was like night and day. Even a Guitar Jones or GFS are better than those stock ones. what sucks is you might have to make a bigger pickup cavity. the new pickups didn't fit and I had to file out bigger cavities
  4. atlboriqua


    Nov 13, 2007
    I've though about upgrading the pickups as well, just don't want to invest a huge amount into the bass. $200 is fine with me right now. But maybe in a few months it will be a different story.

    I decided to go ahead with the Aguilar preamp. It's a trusted preamp that I know will give me good results. Been doing lots of research on them. Once it's installed I'll let you guys know how it goes.
  5. atlboriqua


    Nov 13, 2007
    Just got the Aguilar installed and it sounds SO much better!! Very smooth bottom end and a great top end. The only problem is there is a slight buzz in when I boost the treble. I will be taking it back to the shop to have that looked at.

    I can see that the tone can still be improved with the pickups swapped out. The midrange isn't clear and thick to me. It sounds sloppy. In the near future, I may look to change those as well.