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Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by air_leech, Nov 21, 2001.

  1. air_leech


    Sep 1, 2000
    hey fellas,

    anyone had experience with these?

    is there any pickup brand that works better with it?

    how does it compare with pickup companies' preamps?
  2. ITS AWESOME. In two of my basses right now. TOBIAS (Import). And an old Kramer Spector. ITs tough to get used to the gain only (meaning that you can only boost) and the 2 controls bass and treble. The bass control is great. I rarely move the treble control up more that a little bit. You do need a little space in the control cavity for 2 9volt batteries. But its worth it.

    In order I would vote
    Aguilar OBP1
    Duncan (basslines) 3 tone controls
    Anything by Bartolini

    I would flip my votes over, bart,bassline, augilar. If you mess around with mids alot.

    Not saying anything bad about any of them its like comparing a porsche to a ferrarri, to a vette'
  3. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    I did not appreciate the Aguilar preamp in my five string custom bass, and replaced it with a three band Bartolini, with the 3-way mid frequency choice. Seemed to me that the Aguilar's bass and treble frequency choices were too low and too high. Maybe ok for slap EQ but not for me.
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I have one in a 5 string Warmoth I had built & it sounds AWESOME. It has EMG-40J's in it. The only bass that I own that sounds better than it is my Sadowsky. I've brought the Warmoth to countless music stores & compared it to countless Fenders, Pedullas, Warwicks, etc & my own Spectors & nothing comes close.
  5. air_leech


    Sep 1, 2000
    thanks for the replies.

    Nino, how does the aguilar w/EMG pups compares to the all EMG setup?
    do u have the same pups installed in your warmoth as the ones in your spectors?
    are the 40Js just the soapbar version of the EMG Js?
  6. I'm setting up an OBP-1 to run the pups in my Squire P, 2 Duncan Vintage Js and a Duncan Quarter Pounder P. So far the sound is incredible. Now if I can just fit the stomp box electronics in there.....

    Rock on
  7. A friend of mine bought several Aguilar preamps on closeout from GC and installed them in several of his basses. I checked them out in a couple of his basses and I didn't like it at all. Had a hard sound to it, not smooth at all. It was pretty easy to go overboard with the boosts.

    Of course putting it in different instruments with different pickups, etc. may garner different results.
  8. Eric -- Try to get ahold of some of those Danelectro bass effects that they had on board. That might work.
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    All I can say about the Warmoth is as soon as I plugged her in I "knew" how good it sounded. Usually everything kinda sounds good until you compare it to other basses. It has that GROWL!!!! It sounded great. I'm considering putting the Aguilar OBP-1 in my USA Spector.
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  10. air_leech


    Sep 1, 2000
    yeah I think I'll get the OBP1 and wire it to my existing stock MEC pups.

    the real contest was between the EMG and the aguilar as I can get the EMG BQC system within a 15 minutes drive and some 190 dollars-the price locally here direct from their distributer.

    if it wasnt for the negative feedback above and the fact that the Aguilar is a 2 band boost only circuit then I might have decided to give the OBP a try without hesitation.
  11. air_leech


    Sep 1, 2000
    can you remember what bass(es) he installed them in?
    was he content with the sound or did he think like you that it was hard sounding?
  12. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    The OBP-1 is designed to be completely transparent; it won't color the sound at all. With the knobs flat, it doesn't even provide any extra gain over what the pickup alone puts out.

    If you thought it sounded horrible in your friend's bass it was probably his whole bass that sounded bad.
  13. Nah. I'm going for a Boss MT-2 Metal Zone. I like to have control over what the disortion sounds like.

    Rock on
  14. Take the covers off the metal zone. The board is probably small enough. You may need to relocate the pots and the switch.
  15. I had planned that. I was going to put the board right next to the pre-amp, the pots in a row on the top side of the bridge, and the switch right below the J pups.

    Rock on
  16. Sweet!!! Post some pics if you can when you are done.
  17. An American Fender Jazz 4 and a Yamaha BB-N5, both decent sounding basses IMO before the Aggie. He sold both of them.
  18. If you're referring to me, as I said... an American Fender Jazz 4 and a Yamaha BB-N5. Both in good shape, good setup, stock except for the preamp. IMO his basses, stock, did not sound bad when they were passive.

    My opinion only means it wouldn't work for me, someone else could very well love the same sounds I disliked. I had a Sadowsky outboard and realized that, for the passive basses I have (68 and 78 Jazzes) I like them more without it than with it. BTW the majority of my other basses are active.

    Again, if you're talking about me, I said "...I didn't like it at all. Had a hard sound to it, not smooth at all. It was pretty easy to go overboard with the boosts."

    That's not exactly "horrible", is it?;)
  19. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I have an OBP1 in my Yamaha TRB6P, and sold one to elbass for his Carvin.

    My biggest complaint is that it is boost only. I prefer to have a cut and boost option. Additionally, I don't believe that they're totally flat when dialed out. I hear absolutely no low end when the low pot is pulled down.

    They do sound good, but I'd prefer to have the Retro preamps in everything I own.
  20. They didn't sound flat to me either, I just didn't want to broach that issue;)

    For tonal flexibility, the J-Retro (or U-Retro) is a much better choice.