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installing an on board pre-amp

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by f'nar f'nar, May 2, 2005.

  1. Hey guys, I have two questions about on board pre amps. SO here it goes:

    - is it possible to install a pre-amp onto your bass, or replace one? if so, how? or are there any links around to a place that may tell me how?

    - Which are the best brands to get a OBPA from? Like what kinda tones can you get from which pre-amps?

    thanks guys
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY

    to answer your questions in order.

    1) Yes, it is possible. There's no one answer as to exactly how to do it, as it depends on what your configuration is - existing preamp, how many pickups, how many holes drilled, cavity space etc etc.

    2) There are many brands, the most popular of which being Bartolini and Aguilar. Other brands include East, Demeter, Seymour Duncan. There are many different options available - 2 band, 3 band with fixed mids, 3 band with variable mids (freq sweep), 3 band with variable fixed mids (2 or 3 position switch).

    If you have some specific questions, ask away. All of the preamps discussed above have been talked about MANY times here before, so I would suggest a search first to familiarise yourself with the options.
    Also, visit the mfr sites for more info:

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