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Pre-amps question

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by jvasquez18, Apr 17, 2002.


  1. jvasquez18

    jvasquez18

    Sep 23, 2000
    S.E. 323, 13
    what's the difference between a pre- amp on the bass and the pre-amp on the rig?




    thanks for the input
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    One is in the bass, and one is in the amp.:p

    Seriously, they both pretty much fulfill the same function.

    Giving you adjustments on your tone, and boosting the signal to a useable level for the power amp.

    Granted, some high end rack mount preamps have tube channels and/or gain stages, but they essentially do the same thing.
     
  3. jvasquez18

    jvasquez18

    Sep 23, 2000
    S.E. 323, 13
    so having both of them is only for tone freaks?*
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Well, almost all amps have a preamp section, so you're stuck with that.

    Also, a lot of high end preamps offer control that you can't put on a bass, such as tube gain stages, parametric EQ, graphic EQ, etc.

    The beauty of having a preamp on your bass is that you can change tone settings on the fly, without having to go over to your amp.

    Also, if you are forced to play through an amp that is not yours, or even worse, one that you are not allowed to adjust the controls on, with an on board preamp, you can try to get your tone on the bass.