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Modulus Q4 w/ Sadowsky Preamp?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ezrs, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. ezrs


    Sep 24, 2008
    I spoke to Kevin Drexler of Sadowsky today about swapping my Aguilar Preamp out of my Modulus Q4 for a Sadowsky Pre. He thought it was a good start towards a more sadowsky-like tone, maybe a tad clearer and most definitely warmer. He also told me that the folks of Sadowsky beleive that the deciding factor on the tone of a bass lies in the fingerboard.

    Here are the specs of my bass right now:
    Modulus Q4
    Alder Body
    Chechen Top
    Chechen Fingerboard
    Modulus Quantum graphite neck
    Bartolini Pickups
    Aguilar Preamp with active Bass, Mid, Treble

    I know this is a bit of an odd pairing, but after playing this beautiful bass for so long and hearing such great things about the Sadowsky Pre, I am wondering what you folks predict it will sound like!
    Any thoughts?
  2. You should just sell me your Q4 and buy a Sadowsky bass. :bag:
  3. jphilauren


    Nov 8, 2007
    Try the external Sadowsky preamp instead of swamping internal components. Should work the same, I have a Quantum 5 and found the Barts very compressed
  4. ezrs


    Sep 24, 2008
    I am hesitant to get the Sadowsky DI because it is designed for passive basses, I have heard that active basses get a great deal of hiss through the DI.
  5. theophilus762

    theophilus762 Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Durham, NC
    I use my Modulus Quantum 5 through a Sadowsky Preamp/DI and I don't get any hiss. I loved it when I had my 08 AmSt Jazz V, but even with the Modulus is turns a rather clean/wide/hifi sound into a more ballsy tone, which I truly appreciate.
  6. jphilauren


    Nov 8, 2007
    There is a trim pot on the preamp board in the Modulus, you can turn down the output if that becomes an issue with the Sadowsky, the Sadowsky also has a volume control. You will get hiss from any preamp if the treble is maxed
  7. ezrs


    Sep 24, 2008
    i suppose i am also curious to hear if i can get any sort of vintage vibe out of the bass with the passive bypass.
    i may also get carey nordstrand to wind me some dual coils or maybe some fat stacks.

    am i just going against the entire essence of a modulus? is this even worth it, or should i just go get myself a jazz bass and a sadowsky pre?

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