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Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Mr P, Feb 14, 2002.

  1. Aguilar OBP-1

    14 vote(s)
  2. MXR M-80

    1 vote(s)
  3. Sadowsky preamp

    8 vote(s)
  4. EMG BTC control

    3 vote(s)
  1. Mr P

    Mr P

    Feb 13, 2002
    Finland, Tampere

    I´m using Fender Jazz Bass with EBS fafner head + 210 EBS Cabinet. Little more clarity and sub-punch is needed and I wonder which would be the best preamp for me. (If I still want to have the basic elements of my sound the same I think I shouldn´t go for Active Pickups?) After searching I think aguilar OBP-1 might solve the problem. When batteries are running low, can I still use my bass passively or do I have to install a switch?

  2. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    I think you should go with the S/D Basslines 3 band. I twill give you the things your looking for. IIRC all the pre's you have listed boost the bass at 40 hz, the basslines boosts at 30hz and is cleaner and more clear than the OBP. Dont get me wrong, I live the OBP but it has a "darker" warmer sound and thats not what your wanting.
  3. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    I use the Sadowsky with my Jazz bass and right now I'm getting amazing tone that way. I love it. I haven't played the Aguilar though so it may be as good or better, as always YMMV...
  4. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    Why isn't the J-Retro on the list?

    I don't have a bass that can use any of these, so I'm staying out of the poll.
  5. J-Retro :ninja:
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?postid=1005050">

    <a href="http://www.sadowsky.com/pages/framesets/fs_preamp.html"><b><u>CLICK HERE</u></b></a> for more info.

    With the OBP-1, you's have to install an on/off switch. The floor pedal had a pre-amp on off switch & the battery is easily accessabble & their is a LED that lets you know when the battery is dying

    IMO, the Sadowsky pre-amp does just that.

    My 2 passive Fender basses ALWAYS go thru my Sadowsky pre-amp pedal. Also, the good thinkg about the floor pedal (any make/brand) is that you don't have to do any modifications to your bass.
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You could of kept Al Bundy in your Avitar, too. :)
  8. Done, after all Mike Money is just a regular troll :ninja:

  9. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    I voted for the EMG. I have always liked their preamps, they just sound good to me.
  10. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    I like the OBP-1, and am going to install one in my GT-7 soon.
  11. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    E-Pro BTB-01 definitely!!!

    no need for the mid of the J-retro IMO.
    The BTB-01 will do just fine

  12. Razor


    Sep 22, 2002
    Hey Nino...I got a SansAmp pedal to liven up all of my passive basses...I like it a lot and the DI is superb. However I hear everyone talking about the "Sadowsky Tone" and since I'm not fortunate enough to own one of the instruments I often wonder what the tone is. I have thought about getting one of Rogers floor pedals for quite some time to use it the same way as you do with your passive basses...but it's an expensive little sucker and I wonder if the tone is that much different from my SansAmp. Whadda you think?
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I haven't used a SansAmp in a while. I had one for a bout a week & didn't like it too much, no faust to the SansAmp. It was during an era that I doo WAY TO much EQing.
  14. I've got an OBP-1 on my MTD Heir and I don't really like it. I'm probably going to replace it sometime. The fact that there is no cut function really limits it's usefulness. I also have an M-80, and I love it. Great sound, plus you have the DI function, which is really nice. the distortion isn't very good, but that's not what you're looking for. You can also turn the distortion off and use the drive channel as a volume boost.
  15. billys73


    Apr 25, 2003
    I got the Aguilar OBP-3 cos' I wanted the cut function. It's boost and cut on bass, selectable mids, and treble. I think it' s pretty versatile. Not the same sound as the OBP-1. I'd say it's a bit more "refined" or something. Hard to describe the difference exactly. Friend of mine has it in his MTD, it works in that bass for me. But....YMMV.

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