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Preamp or Gibson fuzz solution?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Andii Syckz, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    I have this short scale Ibanez GaxB150 bass. It has one soapbar pickup with two conductor wires and i was wondering if i could:

    Go for a passive preamp (like g&L with bass and treble less the mini switch) or do like gibsons infamous Eb-0 fuzztone circuit (requireing two batteries (double As?)

    Anyway, just wondering if it's possible cause i've done a tone control to it but it doesnt give much definition.
  2. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    BUmp. Anyone, anyone?
  3. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    You can add a preamp to almost any bass, just need to make sure it will fit inside the control cavity. Don't forget that a 9v battery has to fit inside there too. If there's not room, then you'll have to have a battery box routed out of the body or have the control cavity routed to make it larger. If you have to pay to have that done, it could get expensive.

    Preamps range in price from about $50 (look up 'BassMods' on eBay), to about $100 - $150 (EMG, Bartolini) and on up...(Aguilar, Glockenclang, ect...) There's many different types and configurations: 2-band (bass, treble), 3-band, some have "sweepable" mids and other features. It all depends on what kind of sound you want, and how many knobs you want to twiddle. More knobs = more $$. EMG has a 2-band preamp with concentric (stacked) knobs so you can replace your existing passive tone control with an active bass/treble tone control and not have to drill any more holes in your bass.

    I just installed an EMG preamp in my Ibanez Ergodyne bass. This bass already had an active preamp, so it was an easy install for me. I did have to make one soldered connection, but everything else on the EMG setup uses push-on connectors.

    Onboard distortion? At least one company makes them:

    If all this seems too expensive/complex/difficult, you could always beef up your tone with effects pedals. The Danelectro Fish'n'Chips EQ will give you lots of tone control and a signal boost too.
  4. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks, i was thinking about leaving the tone control and just getting like an eq pedal along with a fuzz pedal. But i think i'll go with the 2 band EQ bass/treble. I don't need mids, as i'd alwasy leave it all the way up. Onboard distortion sounds pretty cool. My bass looks like gene simmons lobue custom bass and that had a great tone to it. So maybe, that'lll work xD.

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