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Sansamp as preamp with GK head?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Woodboy, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. Woodboy


    Jun 9, 2003
    St. Louis, MO
    No dealers around me stock the Sansamp Bass Driver. I would love to try one out to hear what all the buzz is about. I am wondering about plugging it into the effects loop of my GK 700rb. This would effectively bypass the preamp section of the GK and turn the Sansamp into the preamp, right? Anybody tried this and what does it do to the sound?
  2. Mattski


    Jan 6, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    I have tried this on a 700 RB. I didn't like it.

    The SABDDI does not have enough umph to drive the power amp as well as the GK preamp does. I hear that there is mod involving clipping out a resistor in the SABDDI that fixes that.

    To my ears, most of the time, the GK preamp sounds better than the SABDDI. I have found that blending a bit of it to thicken up my Jazz Bass sounds nice. My P Basses sound better without.

    A better option might be to run the SABDDI into your pre-amp and set your EQ to neutral. (GKs can be very transparent.)

    Good luck,


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