Sarno Steel Guitar Black Box - ever tried it?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Whaaaapsh, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. Whaaaapsh


    Apr 23, 2006
    Portland, OR
  2. jazzercountry

    jazzercountry Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    Same deal here, I used to work with a steel player who used one.
  3. Whaaaapsh


    Apr 23, 2006
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, it seems like it could be like one of the tiny tube pre's (presonus, ART), but made with better quality parts and handmade. Next time I'm free enough to borrow it, I'm going to see if it can tube up something.

    I always liked the tiny tube pre's, and I've tried a few of the cheap ones, but they always added so much noise and sometimes even picked up radio stations -- total deal breakers. Maybe this thing will sound cool and at $300, it's not ridiculously priced.
  4. Brad Sarno

    Brad Sarno

    Mar 14, 2009
    Chief Design Engineer - Sarno Music Solutions
    Commercial Disclaimer:

    I'm the manufacturer of this product responding to comments on this thread.

    The SGBB has a true 300+ volt power supply and also a DC heater supply. It's very quiet and robust, hand made by my wife and myself in St. Louis, MO. It's the real deal, boutique, professional quality kind of device. I wouldn't call it a preamp though. It's a buffer with no tone shaping or voicing. Flat response on out to 200kHz. Variable input impedance to tailor the treble peak amplitude of passive magnetic pickups. The tube factor allows your bass or whatever instrument to have the reactivity and tonal response of plugging directly into a tube input, but since it has a low-z output buffer, it can drive lots of pedals and cables without loss or unwanted coloration. Very useful as the first device on a pedalboard, and especially useful with an all transistor rig.

    Brad Sarno
  5. matt thompson

    matt thompson Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2005
    Just ordered one of these - anyone else out there using this on bass?