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Question about running an active bass through a preamp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Garrett Mireles, Nov 7, 2002.


  1. The bass I'm getting already has a preamp built in...but I want a Sadowsky preamp to give me that deep growl you get with it.

    Question --

    If I ran it through the Sadowsky preamp..would I still get a better tone? Or should I just get the onboard Sadowsky preamp, which I most likely will.

    Just wondering.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    If the bass has a pre amp on/off switch, put it on "off".

    If the controls are cut & boost, leave them flat (in the middle) or just use both & see what you like best.
     
  3. I guess what I'm asking is...could I use 2 preamps basicly.

    Or just use the on board preamp to mess with the controls..and run it through the Sadowsky preamp just to get a different tone.

    Again, I'm just curious.
     
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Yes, you could use both pre-amps.
     
  5. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Every time you plug your active bass into an amp, you are using two preamps - one on your bass, and one on your amp. No problem in doing that.
     
  6. *Argh*


    Okay. Preamps give you a different tone even if the tone controls are on neutral, correct?

    I'm asking if you could use a 2nd preamp just to give your tone a boost.
     
  7. Whatever tone you get with your on-board preamp can be further "manipulated" through the second preamp.
     
  8. *Kisses your foot*

    THANK YOU