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Spector Tone Pump vs Bartolini 3-band

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Chrisk-K, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Although I like the Tone Pump in my Euro Spector, I sometimes wish it had a mid control knob.

    How is a Bartolini 3 band pre-amp, compared to the TP? The only other active pre I've used before is a Warwick MEC 3 band pre. The TP definitely sounds cleaner and fatter to me.
  2. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    General consensus is that any aftermarket preamp is better than the tone pump.

    A quick search will show many similar questions about upgrades. Most commonly, the upgrades are to EMG BTC/BQC and Aguilar OBP-2/-3 preamps.

    Personally, I love the OBP-3 and will use it to replace the preamp in every Spector I ever own.

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