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Warwicks with Aguilar pre-amp + MEC pickups = ???

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Daywalker, Apr 13, 2006.


  1. Daywalker

    Daywalker

    Apr 13, 2005
    SOCAL
    I've seen a couple posts here and there that briefly talk about swapping out MEC pre-amps with Aguilar ones. I'm trying to find out for sure, do the Aggie pre-amps work well with the MEC pick-ups? I'm happy with the tone from my Wicks, but I'm just wondering if they could sound even better?:eyebrow:

    Thanks
     
  2. I've been thinking of swapping out the duncan pre in my SSII for the aggie three way.
    I've heard/played a thumb5 n/t with this combo, and it sounded great.
     
  3. Daywalker

    Daywalker

    Apr 13, 2005
    SOCAL
    So, the Aggie/Duncan combo would be a better idea than the Aggie/MEC combo?
     
  4. Z-Bass

    Z-Bass

    Apr 22, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I normally chime in when this question is brought up, but I'm a big fan of the MEC and Aguilar combo. I used this combination with my previous Warwick and I have an Aguilar pre in my current Streamer LX 5-string. I really like the Aguilar over the MEC pre, I always felt the low end on the MEC pre could get a bit wooly or muddy in certain rooms. I love the MEC pickups but felt the MEC pre was masking the tone a bit (I think it has to do with where the bass is centered on the pre - around 100 Hz). The Aguilar really opens things up, sounds cleaner and more clear. I also like the slap tone more with the Aguilar as well.

    The Duncan pre is also great, I don't have any experience with one in a Warwick but with another basses, very nice. I don't think one is better than the other, just more of a personal preference kind of thing. I've read many a post where people praise the Warwick/Duncan combo.
     
  5. Daywalker

    Daywalker

    Apr 13, 2005
    SOCAL
    Do you have to change out the knobs when you change pre-amps? I'd like to keep all my hardware the same if I could...
     
  6. Z-Bass

    Z-Bass

    Apr 22, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    You will/should be able to use the existing hardware. I did when I had the OBP-1 installed. I even kept the pull volume option the same so I could defeat the preamp if needed for whatever reason. I guess it depends on which preamp you go with. I recently did have to change the hardware though as I opted to have the passive tone control added. So I had to get a concentric knob for the bass and treble controls. This was before Aguilar released their OBP-2 preamp with boost and cut on both bass and treble, otherwise I would have got that preamp. The benifit of the setup I have now is that when I deactivate the preamp I still have the added benefit of the passive tone when using the pickups only.
     
  7. Daywalker

    Daywalker

    Apr 13, 2005
    SOCAL
    So the OBP-2 is lookin to be my best bet then? I'm no electrician, how much would I be lookin at to get one installed on my axe? Thanks...
     
  8. Z-Bass

    Z-Bass

    Apr 22, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    If I had to do it over again, I would have gone the OBP-2 route. As for how much, depends who you take it to. Shouldn't be more than a hours worth of labor. When I initially had mine installed, the tech really wasn't familiar with Aguilar products and wasn't sure of a couple of specification (plus they forgot to ground it properly). If I took it to the tech that I use now, he would have had it complete within the hour. So I guess it's tough to say on cost.
     

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