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U-Retro vs. everything....

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Rusty Chainsaw, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. Greetings,
    I'm very close to delivery of my new Sei Bass singlecut 5-string (see my thread in Basses). I've speicified custom-wound Kent Armstrong pickups (effectively MM+P) and the John East U-Retro preamp. Now, I've played basses with the U-Retro or J-Retro and loved the variety of tones on offer, as well as its versatility (sweepable mids, etc). I've also decided on it because John East is fairly local and I hear he's OK about making modifications to his preamps to his customers' tastes.

    So, I guess I'm just interested in anyone's experience of the J-Retro or U-Retro in comparison to other preamps out there - just hoping I've made the right choice! :D

    Russ :bassist:
  2. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Yes, the new ones are much quieter and the old ones can be retrofitted with the newer chips. There is a huge difference after the upgrade.
  3. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    You have trim pots inside, so you can reduce the power to match your pups and personal preference. I have both a J-Retro (with Fender CS 60's pups) and a U-Retro with Bart MM+J, and love both. My next active bass will have U-Retro Deluxe.