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Onboard preamp without bass and treble knobs...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Inconnu, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Inconnu


    Nov 1, 2005
    My bass-ment

    I was thinking of adding an onboard preamp to a bass I have that is, well, less powerful then the others I have. I don't really need a bass, mid or treble knob, just more power, but flat EQ-wise.

    I know there's a little onboard preamp available on the market that does that, I think the price tag is around 65$, but I can't seem to find it or remember who makes it.

    Any idea? Any other suggestions for what I need?
  2. GMSweet


    Oct 12, 2007
    New Hampshire
    I think a Bartolini TC3 would work for your purposes. Check it out at http://www.bestbassgear.com/bartolini-preamps-tc3.htm.

    I don't have any experience with one of these, but I've seen it in my travels. Perhaps someone with direct experience will chime in for you.

  3. Inconnu


    Nov 1, 2005
    My bass-ment
    Thank you! That's exactly what I had in mind.
  4. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Why not use a boost pedal?
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
  6. All non-PCB mount preamps can be wired with no EQ pots. The bigger question is whether or not they are transparent with the EQ flat. Be mindful of that when choosing a preamp.

    Preamps are not usually meant to boost the signal. Many are unity-gain. If you want something simply to give a boost and provide the typical advantages of a buffered signal, without EQ, perhaps you might consider building a small JFET or opamp based circuit?
  7. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
  8. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    I could be wrong, but isn't the Redeemer a unity gain buffer?
    The OP is looking for something with gain.
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Most of the EMG active pickups come this way. You can add eq if you want but many leave them without. I had a Cort B2A that was active with standard tone control. No Bass/Treble. I also had a bass with some older Seymour Duncans (with the dip switches) that were active. No eq.