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New Preamp for my Warwick Thumb BO 5 string

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by The_Orlonater, Mar 11, 2008.


  1. The_Orlonater

    The_Orlonater

    Jun 6, 2007
    I'm not really satisfied with how the MEC's sound. Any preamp suggestions? I play all kinds of music ,but mainly funk,jazz, and Death metal( What an awesome 3 ,right?) It's controls are Volume/Blend/ Stacked Treble and Bass(Bass is on the bottom).

    Any ideas?
     
  2. The_Orlonater

    The_Orlonater

    Jun 6, 2007
    No help? :crying:
     
  3. fullrangebass

    fullrangebass

    May 7, 2005
    Europe
    In each bandset, ask your bandmates to help you for few minutes. With the band playing, listen to your pickups flat (each one individually and blend the as well; preamps and amp eq's need to be flat to appreciate). If you are satisfied, no need to change the pickups. If it feels they are close enough, then tweak the bass preamp. If that fails, go to the outboard pre or the amp EQ to bring things to life. If it fails you need to change the lot (pickups and on-board preamp). If things can be rectified, you may consider replacing the on-board only (OBP2 comes in mind for no-drill replacement). My .02
     
  4. I guess it's not the Mec pu's but it's the pre-amp.
    My fretless has the active Mec's M60206 and they sound great. Partly because of the Bartolini pre-amp in it. This combination gives a very transparent sound. I guess this is not what you are after.

    In another custom bass (with Seymour Duncan pu's) I replaced the Aggie OBP-3 because I didn't like the boomy low end. And the loss of the wooden sound that was there when playing passive.
    This is a sample with the Seymour Duncan's and the OBP-3:
    http://www.utapia.nl/sound/Rikkers-Obp3-2007.mp3

    To get to the versatility with all those different kinds of music you do and the characteristics of the Thumb (which is lots of wood) I guess the East U-Retro could be your thing.
    Here is a sample with the same custom bass with Seymour Duncan's but now with the East U-Retro:
    http://www.utapia.nl/sound/Rikkers-East-20080215.mp3

    Here's the link to East:
    http://www.east-uk.com/
     
  5. elpelotero

    elpelotero

    Jun 16, 2006
    I really, really liked the improvement in tone in my streamer 2 when I put the Seymour Duncan STC preamp in there. Tons of more growl and punch.
     

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