What are my options for hooking this up?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by dukeisdog, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Hey there,

    I'm currently running an Ampeg V4BH with a Sansamp RBI to add a little bit of grit (I'm planning on selling the sansamp and moving to a pedal OD, but would like to use it for now).

    I have the Sansamp hooked up from the output to the power amp input on my ampeg, and it sounds great.

    I recently picked up a powered gator pedal board and 3 pedals.. I got from left to right a Korg Pitchblack, Diamond Memory Lane Jr, and an Aguilar TLC compressor. I'm not sure what the ideal way for hooking this up would be so that I can still use both my Sansamp and Ampeg's Pre.

    Thanks a lot! Looking forward to trying this stuff out together tomorrow!
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    To toggle between the Ampeg preamp and the external preamp, you need:
    --a Y cable to split your bass to the inputs of the two preamps;
    --two short cables, one from the output of the external preamp, and the other from the loop send of the Ampeg;
    --an A/B footswitch, to select from each of those outputs. The switch's output goes to the amp's fx loop return.

    In some cases the Y splitter can cause problems like tone loss or even feedback. If that happens, get an isolated (active buffered or transformer iso) splitter box to replace the Y.