Preamp opinions?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mosher, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. Mosher


    May 18, 2005
    I'm looking to snag a rack rig, and I was wondering: what's a solid preamp for around $300?

    My sound is still fairly malleable, so I'm mostly looking for something versatile.
  2. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    Yamaha PB-1 , discontinued in the 80's . I paid $100 at a pawn shop for mine. Clean, quiet, lots of patch points, well made.
  3. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    You can probably get a Trace Elliot GP12 SMX for that price, or perhaps one of the newer BBE units. Heck, for half of that price, the older BBE 383 is a heck of a preamp.

  4. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    There really are worse instruments. I used to play my Squier P in preference to my MIA P because it had better tone and was lighter. The Squier had a few dead spots but otherwise was a better tool (once I shielded it).