Onboard Preamp for Fender Jazz

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by pshep68, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. pshep68


    Sep 21, 2006
    I am looking into the possibility of installing an onboard preamp in my 2006 American Fender Jazz with S-1 Switching. I would like to go with 3 band (bass, mid and treble) if I can. Is this possible? Any suggestions? Will I need active pickups FYI ... I have looked at the J-Retro and decided against it.
  2. datsaxguy


    Oct 28, 2008
    Audere - if u want transparent

    Aguilar - very flexible

    Sadowsky - VTC is where it shines

    Bartolini - old reliable
  3. I can vouch for the Audere. My custom bass builder states that he thinks this is the most useable pre for bass.
  4. pshep68


    Sep 21, 2006
    What exactly do you mean by transparent?
  5. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    I use the Aguilar in all of my basses. It's got lower frequencies than most other preamps (Bass @ 40 Hz, Mid @ 400Hz-1.2kHz, Treble @ 10kHz IIRC), so I find it to work best with the bass.

    However, if you're looking for ease of installation, Audere and East are they way to go.
  6. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan
    Audere's drop in without modification. Every other preamp will require routing, mostly for the battery location, but perhaps the preamp module itself depending on the cavity of your Jazz bass.

    Audere's are called transparent because the frequency bands are larger which means that they effect a larger amount of your sound and this tends to lend a more neutral feel to the preamp. I think though despite what the above poster has said, the low frequency on the 3 band audere plates are 50hz with a 1/2 frequency of 150hz or more (Wide Q). The Sadowsky and Aguilar offer more boost at lower frequencies and less in the upper bass frequencies (more narrow Q).

    I'd personally just buy an audere if you want to try a 3 band EQ. It's easy to go back if you don't like it and the cost is lower than any other option considering it comes with a plate and knobs. The Z mode switch is pretty neat as well.