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Skyline JO5 and preamps...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pmkelly, Feb 3, 2003.


  1. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I got my JO5 without a preamp because I wanted to just check it out passive for a while... now I am thinking about putting a preamp in it, and I would like to hear your suggestions for it! What preamp goes good with a JO5 with Fralins... hmmmm?


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  2. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
  3. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://sadowsky.com/media/store_2/photos/full/install_kit.jpg">
     
  5. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
  6. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
    and I agree if you really want to part with the $250...

    I put a Jretro in my Modulus Genesis, it's great, but I'm just as happy with my Aguliar OBP3 that I put in my Pedulla Rapture fretless @ half the price...

    also, you can wire the obp3 in a very similar fashion as the J retro (with swept mids from 250-800 hz...

    if you *knew* what you were doing you could also set up a passive loading switch for the pickups just like the East preamp... the options on it are pretty endless...

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  7. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    hey Nino, how much carving on my bass am I gonna have to do to make the Sadowsky preamp fit? And how much are they?


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  8. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    none if you buy the outboard ;)
     
  9. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Little Rock, AR
    I found a used J-retro deluxe for $160.00 I'd go with the J-Retro.
     
  10. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass


    FWIW the J-Retro Mid frequency sweep is from 150Hz - 3kHz
     
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You'll need a side jack unless you have the bass & trebble on a concentric pot & you'll need a small hole under the guard or on the back of the bass for the preamp & battery. If you do it yourself, the pre-amp kit is $198. Also, stingrayguy's recomendation is very good. If you get the Pedal/DI, you don't have to do any mods & you can use it with every bass you have. :) That costs $239.
     
  12. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    J-Retro, Sadowski, OPP, It's all good, just depends on how much you are willing to spend. There are so many choices It's mind bending:D If you like the way the controls are set up on your bass, go with an outboard. By the way, how do you like the Lakland? I just baught one myself and LOVES it I do.:D
     
  13. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Illinoize
    I Second the vote for the Sadowsky Outboard, it makes all three of my basses sound great (especially the Fender).
     
  14. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    I'm a big J Retro fan. I would like to point out that it has one distinct advantage over the OBP-3. The inputs on the J Retro are independently buffered where as the Aguilar uses a blend pot directly connected to the pickups. This means that the J Retro doesn't suffer from any of the pickup-pickup loading problems, and with the individual gain pots you can even use it with pups that are normally mismatched volume-wise.

    I should point out that Bartolini also makes a module that has the same advantage.

    In general, there are lots of good preamps. Unfortunately, you probably won't know which one you like until you try them. Probably the most notable difference are the number of controls. Some people like preamps that have the most flexibility. Others like preamps that have few controls to make them easier to use. On top of that, they all sound different from each other.

    I haven't heard all of the preamps mentioned, but my favorite is the J Retro. I also like the Bartolini. I've had really good sound come from a bass with a Bartolini preamp.
     
  15. Why don't you consider a nice outboard pre amp?
    Sadowsky makes one or used to.
    Jim Bergantino is coming out with his out board to.
    That way you still have your passive sound and don't have to do surgery. I love the sound of my passive Joe Osborn and would not change it. Of course I do have two other Laklands both active.
     
  16. DBasica

    DBasica

    Jan 6, 2003
    I'd vote for an outboard pre. Lots of choices there too.

    I have a Skyline JO-5 fretless and a 55-02 fretted. I have a Sansamp Bass Driver DI and a Sadowsky preamp/DI pedal. I can use either of the these with the JO, or I can bypass the pre on the 55-02 and use it with either pedal pre. Lots of flexibility.

    By the way, I usually use the JO passive and the 55-02 active.

    Dan
     
  17. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    LOL...this is almost evil to cloud the issue further but I now have a J-Retro Outboard. If you look in the "New Gear" section of the December issue of Bass Player you'll see it.

    Price is $300


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  18. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Illinoize
    "EVIL Hecubass! EVIL!!!!!!"

    Sorry, too many episodes of Kids in the Hall....
     
  19. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    The JO5 Skyline is an amazing bass... I am constantly growing more fond of it daily, and It is becoming the #1 that I reach for... and I appreciate all the input, but you guys have confused me more than not! I think at this point, I will probably give the Aguilar DB 924 a shot.... I have a 55-02 that is active, but all the rest of my basses (2 p basses, 2 four string jazzes, and my jo5) are all passive! It seems to be the cheapest alternative right now, especially since I work at a music store and get a discount! I can't get the same discount for either the J retro outboard or the Sadowsky outboard (hint hint hint Nino and Dude!)


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