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Preamp Thread

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by CallMeBlind, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. CallMeBlind


    Jul 19, 2003
    Hey! This is the thread for preamp users with active bass. Which preamp you use with your active bass(very interested in Spectors) and please specify what type of music you play.
    So far I know:
    MXR Bass Preamp/DI
    Sadowsky Outboard Preamp/DI
    Aguilar DB924
    Fodera Model 2000 Preamp
    Aphex Bass Xciter
    T. Rex Purist Bass Preamp
    Demeter Bass EQ Preamp Pedal
    Radial Bassbone
    Fishman B-II Preamp, Pro Eq Platinum Bass

    I hope this thread will hell me to decide which preamp will raplace my Sansamp.
  2. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    What don't you like about your Sansamp?
  3. CallMeBlind


    Jul 19, 2003
    I like it sometimes. If I play just a groove, it sounds good. If I play some chords or harmonics it sucks all the life from the sound. And I hate using sansamp with my other effects on all the settings. I think that sansamp is good for rock and metal music, but I mostly play funk and acid jazz.
  4. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    I use a Sansamp GT2 to liven up my clean side.
  5. CallMeBlind


    Jul 19, 2003
    Does it meant for bass?
  6. I play my Warwick LX5 into an Ampeg SVP PRO tube preamp. The Ampeg wasn't cheap, but its controls are very versatile, warm rich smooth tones, dial in more drive and it BARKS!!

    Worth a look for sure at your local shop.......:hyper:
  7. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Since you don't have your profile updated, I'm not sure what you using as a rig. As such, I'm wondering why you are limiting your options to pedals. Are you interested in a rack-mount pre or only pedals?

    I've owned the following from your list and I'll give you my opinions of each:

    1. Fodera 2000 - Probably the best sounding of the pedal pres I've owned. Simple, clear tone and the pedal itself was enough to drive a power amp. The drawback? No AC adapter capability and no XLR out (this was an older version). I would have kept this one over the others if it had had these features.

    2. MXR Bass DI+ - This was my least favorite pre, tone-wise. I never could dial in a tone that I liked, clean or distortion, but that's due to my own personal tastes. It is a VERY well-made pedal (as all MXR pedals are) and many here like it. It has all of the features that I wanted, but none of the tone, unfortunately.

    3. Sansamp BDDI - Out of the three I've owned, this was the one I decided to keep. The tone is MUCH more pleasing to me than the MXR, but quite different from the Fodera. The Drive is much more subtle than the MXR's distortion (two different animals, OD and distortion, but, in this case, the relative subtlety of the BDDI's drive was what i was looking for) and the BDDI has all of the features I need, with the possible exception of a lack of truly controllable mids.

    So, in the end, I sold the MXR and the Fodera (didn't want to sell this one, but the lack of the aforementioned features was causing it to collect dust) and kept the BDDI. The BDDI has served me quite well.
  8. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I use and EBS micro-bass II. I play rock. I like it alot.
  9. CallMeBlind


    Jul 19, 2003
    Planet Boulder, rack stuff is too big for me, as I don't have a car and quite expencieve also.
  10. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    That's interesting because my experience is not the same. I find it quite useful, but then again I play pop and rock. I also use it in conjunction with a compressor which seems to help quite a bit as well.
  11. CallMeBlind


    Jul 19, 2003
    Maybe it also depends on what kind of bass guitar you use with it.
  12. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    Have you though about going DIY? The very first project I ever built was a dumb-simple active EQ/preamp module to use with my Steinberger. I mention it because the whole thing cost me less than $40 to make, and that includes the price of book it was printed in and the soldering iron. I still use it in studio and stage today, in a variety of applications, although I've since put it in a sturdier box.
  13. CallMeBlind


    Jul 19, 2003
    I wish I could do it myself, but I don't understand much in all those shematics.
  14. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    The book is called Projects for Guitarists by Craig Anderton, and explains in detail how to read and assemble everything in the book. It's a popular book for beginning DIYers, and as a result there's a ton of online help, as well.
    Like I said, the one I use was my first project, and before that I could barely solder a cable. It's addictive, though, now I'm up to repairing and modifying small amplifiers and reading books about math...
  15. CallMeBlind


    Jul 19, 2003
    Oh realy? I can solder a cable :) I have to check this book
  16. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    MXR M-80 - Mainly use it for rock but I've done loads with it, it's just my current band is power pop rock punk etc or something like that :D
  17. CallMeBlind


    Jul 19, 2003
    I heard that some people use ART tube mic preamps for bass, the price is about 50$, Is it realy usable for bass?
  18. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    Sadowsky- Definitely the best sounding to my ears for an active bass. It adds a "glossyness" to the top end and can add decent bottom. Wouldn't say transparent, but can add a nice sound without changing the character of your bass too much. I use this with one of basses that has a bartolini preamp when I want a little more or not using my own amp.
    Aguilar- To my ears, although this and the Sadowsky are at the same frequencies, the 924 is good for altering the sound you have and giving your bass a distinct character. I think it is a great unit but better on a passive bass to really add bottom.
    Demeter-Kinda Hifi, but probably the one I favor the least. Love the rackmount demeter stuff, but the box tends to be almost too hifi for my tastes
    MXR- Not bad.. great value for the price and the with a lot of variety.
    Tonebone- I was very underwhelmed with this device... felt like it sucked tone out of my rig. Last choice

    I play a mixture of R&B, Jazz and Gospel (also the occasional rock gig) and use passive and active basses.
    Something to consider before buying is what you are looking to accomplish. If you are totally happy with the sound of your bass, I would go for transparency. Somthing like the Sadowsky. If you are trying to radically alter you sound I would choose something like the MXR
  19. Ten


    Oct 3, 2005
    I have no idea what's going on in this thread, but I saw preamp; thus I'm going to suggest an Avalon U5. It's technically a DI with a preamp feature, but it's simply amazing. Crystal clear tone, defined, soaring highs (bright but never harsh) and crisp, crunchy lows. Such an amazing piece of equipment.

    Sorry, I'm a bit high on the thing at the moment. :D
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