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Joe Osborn Skyline

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by On The DL, Sep 6, 2008.


  1. On The DL

    On The DL

    Apr 1, 2008
    KC
    I'm considering adding a preamp to a Joe Osborn Skyline 5 and to be least invasive with the amount of routering etc, I'd like to know if there's room in the cavity with the tone knobs and router a cavity in the back for the battery.

    -Just for the record, I don't own the bass yet or I would look for myself-

    My guess is that there is not, but doesn't anyone know for sure?

    much thanks,
    DL
     
  2. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    I beleive a "standard" J-retro will fit......e-mail Lakland or John East (J-retro developer) to confirm....if you need e-mail addresses etc...PM me...

    I know Lakland offers J-retros for both the JO and the DJ....I know the DJ unit is "special" since the cavity is a different shape than a "standard" J-bass....

    Good luck!

    Doug

    PS - I LOVE my DJ5 with J-retro...
     
  3. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    The J-Retro Preamp is a direct drop in for jazz basses without modification. Many people have them in their JO basses and it fits the battery.
     
  4. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    Beat by 4 minutes :)
     
  5. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson! Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    Hipshot
    I can't believe nobody's mentioned Audere yet, so I'll do it. Audere.
     
  6. Fretlessboy

    Fretlessboy

    Nov 29, 2007
    St Augustine Florida
    Endorsing artist GENZ BENZ/HERCULES STANDS/XSonics
    I run my pair of JO5's throught Sadowsky outboard pre. A buddy of mine has an East in his 77 j bass and loves it. The Audere sounds awsome. For now I am using outboard because I have 2 JO5 so I can use it on both.
     
  7. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Their are several good options. I personally find the East a bit sterile on a J bass but some guys like it. Aleva-Copello pre amps are available from Jimmy at A/C and I would certainly keep that in mind as one of the least "active" sounding pres. If you like the Sadowsky tone (maybe check out an RV metro) the Sadowsky pre pops right in (I would order the one with VTC). The Audere is cool Idea but it's had mixed reviews on TB. And the Aggie is an old standby. You might want to describe a bit what tone your looking for, or what your looking for the pre to do. Also do a search their are a lot of threads on J pre-amps. Also does your bass have the new Lakland pick-ups or the Fralins?

    Personally I love the Sadowsky, it has a very musical tone. And there's not a bad setting on that pre. It is also subtile and easy to use.
     
  8. On The DL

    On The DL

    Apr 1, 2008
    KC
    thanks for all the input guys, it seems like the most obvious and simplest choice would be the J-Retro. However, I wouldn't be able to spend that much for a preamp though.

    I haven't had the chance to to play anything sadowsky, but have always heard great things about them, so I'm definitely gonna check that out.

    With any or all of these drop in pre's does there have to be a cavity routered in the back for the battery or does the battery also fit in the front next to the drop in pre?

    much thanks,
    DL
     
  9. Supertanker

    Supertanker Watch the dog! He is trained to bite!

    Jun 23, 2005
    CinCinNati
    You might consider an Audere.

    New they are about 150.00.

    They drop right in, with no mods to the bass.

    I have one and it's Greaattt!!!

    IMG_1409.
     
  10. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    These JO's tottaly catch the vintage vibe with the Fralin singles ! :bassist:
     
  11. Fretlessboy

    Fretlessboy

    Nov 29, 2007
    St Augustine Florida
    Endorsing artist GENZ BENZ/HERCULES STANDS/XSonics
    For me the outboard works because I run a pair of JO's so I don't have to put one in each.


    img_0624.
     
  12. Fretlessboy

    Fretlessboy

    Nov 29, 2007
    St Augustine Florida
    Endorsing artist GENZ BENZ/HERCULES STANDS/XSonics
    SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET



     
  13. On The DL

    On The DL

    Apr 1, 2008
    KC
    +1
     
  14. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    I like the J-Retro with the Fralins,
    JO5_TTT-RW_full.

    and now with Bart 57J's
    JO5_1.
     
  15. Supertanker

    Supertanker Watch the dog! He is trained to bite!

    Jun 23, 2005
    CinCinNati
    I'm a natural nut.

    That's beautiful!
     
  16. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    Thanks man! I sold the TTS to get it (that's was tough to go w/out a JO5 for a while)


    Your JO5 made me want a natural/maple. Really dig that look now too.
     
  17. tallboybass

    tallboybass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Man, that's the bass I want....it's just that I'm a lefty and I'd have to pay something like $3,600 and wait 6 months or so for it.:bawl:
     
  18. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    Ah man, that's rough!!


    I still can't believe I sold it to get the natural. When I sold it, I put the money down on a natural. Then got married and got my deposit back. Got a Fender V, then a 55-02. Finally, like 8 months later, I found a used natural.

    That TTS was definitely the money, but so is the Natch.
     
  19. Fretlessboy

    Fretlessboy

    Nov 29, 2007
    St Augustine Florida
    Endorsing artist GENZ BENZ/HERCULES STANDS/XSonics
    I think they are amazing basses with tons of tonal versatility

     

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