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Onboard Preamp

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jimmyb, May 11, 2003.


  1. jimmyb

    jimmyb An Avid Indoorsman Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    Elkton, MD
    Would like to add some additional tone shaping to my usa pbass. Any opinions on the various products out there? I'm a slapper.
     
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    There are two I can think of straight away which you can put in to a P Bass with the minimum of work.

    Raven Labs have a very nice looking drop in unit, which runs on lithium coin cell batteries, so you shouldn't need any additional routing for a battery. You can get it at Vintage Bass Trading Company for $90

    http://www.raven-labs.com/pages/products/pbpre/pbpre.html

    John East, maker of the J-Retro/U-Retro preamp also makes a 'P-Retro' preamp, which may require slightly more work as you may need routing to fit in a 9v battery (don't know how big your control cavity is). It's slightly more expensive, $130 again from Vintage Bass Trading Company, but has more flexible EQ with stacked bass/treble cut/boost controls and an additional bright pull available which works very well with slap.

    I have a P-Retro in my Hot Rod Precision, I wired a blend pot in advance of the preamp to deal with the P/J pups. With the neck P solo'ed, bass in center and bright engaged I get a great slap sound.

    Some more details on the P-Retro/BTB-01 here

    Hope that helps!
     
  3. Slap? It starts and ends with SADOWSKY!

    You can read more about it here:
    http://www.sadowsky.com/pages/framesets/fs_preamp.html

    I have the on-board preamp on my two basses and it's wonderful: musical sounding, prodigious if you desire, very quiet, sounds great live and in the studio.
     
  4. Nice thread.
    I'm looking for preamp solutions for my P-Bass Plus.
     
  5. :eyebrow:
     
  6. Raven madegood stuff and I imagine it would be a good choice! Im going to be doing a p-bass hot rod soon. Either and SX or Fender. Not sure yet??? But its either going to have Barts or an EMG pickup and I may dump one of these in if I can find one. Im sure Audere could http://www.talkbass.com/forum/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=4772851
    Replyset up something nice too.
     
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I'm surprised this thread wasn't moved to the "Pickups & Electronics" forum four years ago!
     
  8. Soma666

    Soma666

    Aug 27, 2006
  9. All I can say is: OPS...
    :meh:
    :rolleyes: