Preamp suggestions?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Raoul_Duke, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Raoul_Duke


    Jun 13, 2010
    I did a search and got some useful info. I was hoping some more options would surface if I asked directly.

    I’d like to add a clean preamp to my signal chain as the first pedal in line right before compression. I’m not interested in anything that adds “hair” or sounds “wooly”. I’d like to have a tuner out option but a DI is unnecessary. I’ve tried the MXR M80 and the Sadowsky SBP2, both of which left me cold. I’ve zeroed in on the JohnK Fet2B and the Southampton Ictineo as options. I don’t mind exotic stuff and I can deal with a high price tag as it’s something I’ll be saving until Nov/Dec to purchase.

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  2. jblock


    Mar 20, 2004
    Are you looking for a clean sounds, a little hair, lots overdrive? For clean and simple, I like the MXR M81 or the Mesa Subway DI (although the Mesa stuff had a major price increase earlier this year). I used a Darkglass Alpha Omega Ultra, which was great on clean and used the distortion for a real low overdrive. The graphic EQ on that is nice.
  3. Raoul_Duke


    Jun 13, 2010
    Looking for clean sounds, and I figure that if I want dirt I can add it downstream where it makes more sense with other effects.
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  4. I have both and think they are both excellent choices for tone shaping. The FET-F2B has that timeless sound of clean Fender bass amps that we all adore. The Ictaneo starts there and adds a little bit of modern tonal sheen to your clean. As front end driver or last stage polisher both do a fine job.
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  5. mobeme23

    mobeme23 Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2018
    NorCal, Coastside
    +1 on the Mesa Subway DI/preamp.
    it adds so much to my mix.
  6. TheLopp


    Dec 30, 2013
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  7. Raoul_Duke


    Jun 13, 2010
    I’m currently using a Mesa D800+ with two Audiokinesis H1203s if that makes a difference.
  8. mobeme23

    mobeme23 Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2018
    NorCal, Coastside
    solid rig!
    the Mesa DI may be a bit redundant for you then...
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  9. Raoul_Duke


    Jun 13, 2010
    That shift line looks really nice, has a tuner out (I think, sorta?), and it wasn’t on my radar. Thank you!
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  10. diegom

    diegom Supporting Member

    I'm not quite clear on what you are trying to achieve... Tone controls? A certain brand's character?
    Having said that, I love my Ampeg SCR-DI, from motown to salsa to grind and clang, it's all there, and I can go straight to the PA if needed.

  11. jthisdell


    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    I have a Broughton Messenger which I really like, very clean modern present sound. Solid clean gain and clean boost. HPH and LPF, tuner out, DI. I also have a radial Bassbone OD that I use with db as it has high impedance input. Also a very nice unit, hpf, tuner out, DI, mute, not a fan of the OD or fx loop so I don't use those.
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  12. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    A 4/5 band para eq with hi and lo pass filters into a power amp. You can recreate any sound out there.
  13. Judge Nickels

    Judge Nickels

    Aug 3, 2015
    If you just want everything else in your setup to sound a bunch better, get a Noble.
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  14. Raoul_Duke


    Jun 13, 2010
    Thank you for the suggestion. I am happy with the head and cabs I’m using and the only other pedals in the chain currently are a cali76 CB and a chromatron. I’m looking for clean tone shaping without dirt, preferably with a tuner out. Hi/lo pass filtering really isn’t a selling point for me right now as the amp as a HPF on-board. I’d like the tine shaping to occur at the frint of the chain to goose the signal going into whatever effects I choose to add in the future.

    I should add that I recently sold all my pedla aside from the Chromatron, so I’m kinda starting from scratch.
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  15. diegom

    diegom Supporting Member

    For tone-shaping, I doubt you could do better than a parametric eq, like this: ParaEq
    It is NOT a preamp, but since you don't need a DI, this could be the ticket. No tuner out, but you can prolly use the one in the d800+.

    Happy hunting!

    PS. That Chromatron looks sweet!
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  16. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    As preamps go, I really like the trace Elliot transport B. It has some really useful flavors and is very clean and quiet!
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  17. I agree with diegom 100%!

    I did a lot of research over a year into preamps and EQ units.
    First, I bought a Boss GEB-7, which was a step forward in EQ quality.
    A very good unit. $100.
    Then, I noticed the Empress Para EQ, and researched it for about 7 or 8 months before buying it. $250, but worth every penny.
    This thing can take most of the thump out of a P-bass or add highs to a muddy bass. It's got a long learning curve, but once you become familiar with what it's capable of, you'll think it's the best pedal you ever bought.
    I know I do.
    It's fantastic. I'm still learning after about 6 months.
    I recommend it to anyone.
    Mike ;)
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  18. Ampslut


    May 15, 2017
    Barrackville WV
  19. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I’m really intrigued by Nordstrand Audios “Rocket Surgeon” preamp.
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  20. Mosfed


    Apr 21, 2013
    Washington DC
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    Broughton Messenger preamp is what you are looking for if you need nice and clean with no baked in tone.

    The Fet f2b / Broughton Silver Deluxe are Alembic/Fender designs that have that tone stack. Clean and only slight furry but that tone stack dominates.

    The Ictineo is one of my favorites as well.