What preamp do you use?

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Dr_Bassius, Mar 13, 2023.

  1. Dr_Bassius


    Nov 6, 2001
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar amps Endorsing Artist: Fodera Guitars
    Hey there,

    So I've been using a DG realist and an aguilar DB924 for about twenty years now...

    Recently I changed my pup to the lifeline by david gage, but I still have the DB924.

    It's fine, sounds decent, but I'm just wondering what else is out there to try in the preamp world and I'm posting this to the hive mind...

    and GO!
  2. I bought the Fishman Platinum Pro EQ lately, all I need for DB really. It's got a tuner, a HPF, 4-band eq with mid-sweep and a notch filter.
  3. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    The Red Eye preamp from Fire Eye works incredibly well with my Realist
    Life Line into any amp I’ve used it with.
  4. Earl

    Earl Supporting Member

    Headway EDM1 - pocket sized with EQ, HPF and notch filters. Red Eye if I don't need EQ.
  5. Sekundus


    Oct 29, 2013
    Schertler Stat-Pre, because my Schertler Stat-B needs 10V phantomcurrency.
    For my romanian i donˋt need a pre, because ist is combined with the Jack (Bassbalsereit-Studio). But it needs 48V phantom.
    LG Ralf
  6. BobKay

    BobKay Supporting Member

    Nov 5, 2012
    Estero, Florida; USA
    For my acoustic upright I use an FDeck model 2.
    For my Yamaha SLB 300, is use a LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI. It helps if I lose battery power; I can still send the signal from the piezo to the amp.

    I've also used a Headway EDB 2, but right now the channel two mic input has a cord stuck in it. Apparently a known issue with this model, but I'm way past warranty so have to deal with it on my own at some point.
  7. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    Well, I use an Acoustic Image Contra (first or "R2D2" generation) so no pre-amp necessary. That was one of the reasons I bought it, no more fiddling with a preamp with my piezo pickup.

    Simplify, simplify, simplify (though if Thoreau had been serious, he'd only have written one "simplify"...)
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  8. bassically_eli

    bassically_eli Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2010
    Mebane, NC
    I use a Headway EDB-2 H.E. For a single channel preamp, I don't think there's a better value than the EDM-1 H.E. It has tons of features, it's super compact, and is only $195 at Gollihur Music. I might actually buy one as a backup and sell my other backups.
  9. lowfreqgeek


    Mar 15, 2010
    Tijeras, NM
    First off, I'm still using a Realist. On my bass, at least, it's very dark, with an excessive midrange loading, regardless of the impedance (1Meg, 2.2Meg, 10Meg, etc).

    My main preamp for the last 5+years has been a Grace Felix, but I've never been able to achieve the note clarity of the Full Circle on my previous bass through the EQ on the Felix. However, I recently plugged into an MXR M81 preamp (2.2Mohm input, 3-band EQ w/semi-parametric mids, separate Gain/Level controls, and DI output). Through some careful A/B'ing against an Austrian AKG C3000 and some decent isolating headphones, I was able to get a significantly more balanced and natural sound out of the Realist using the M81 feeding into the Grace.

    To be sure, I used that setup at church with a few minor tweaks to the EQ and HPF. A) it sounded great in my IEMs, and B) I got a lot of complements from ears I trust that the bass sound in the room was "ideal" (as in, acoustic sounding, not overly electrified).

    I still love the Felix for my mics, and I'm sure it would be great with another Full Circle, or any number of other pickups, but it just doesn't work as well as I'd wish with the Realist on my bass.
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  10. Mark 63

    Mark 63 Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Fishman Platinum, but I’ve only used it a few times. I’d like to use it a lot.
  11. Adam Booker

    Adam Booker

    May 3, 2007
    Boone, NC
    Endorsing Artist: D'Addario Strings, Remic Microphones
    Either a Grace Felix, or an F-Deck into a Trickfish. Also just got into a Tonedexter, which is pretty killer! All going into a Bergantino IP112.
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  12. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    For many years now the fDeck HPF-Pre has seemed like everything I need & nothing I don't. The response almost always seems better with it inserted for piezo buffer duty. It was cheap to buy and a 9V lasts me for months.
  13. neddyrow

    neddyrow www.simmerinstew.com Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Cortland, NY
    Alix and Messenger V2
  14. my 3 options are

    1 - No preamp, straight to AI Coda
    2 - Fdeck HPF Pre v2 (when going to bass guitar cabs)
    3 - Tonedexter - to anything, to FOH, bass amps, audio interface
  15. bherman

    bherman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Very happy with the Redeye – I use a twin because I also double on electric bass, and it lets me set separate gain levels for both instruments. The high boost is really effective, and I love having a very simple preamp
  16. sean_on_bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    Headway EDB2, but will play quite a bit without a preamp at all and go direct into my amp.
  17. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Noble into redeye
  18. Radial PZ Pre. I keep the HPF engaged. That runs into a Traynor SB110 at home, and an SB112 at rehearsal. If I’m doubling BG, I use a Korg Pitchblack+ to switch between them.

    Edited to add: German ply 5/8 bass, Gage Realist pickup, Spirocore lights
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2023
  19. 1) Vintage Revolution Acousticbox II
    2) Basswitch IQ
    3) Redeye Twin
    4) Headway EDB-2 H.E

    Fishman Platinum D.I
    Grace Felix
    Ehrlund pre
    Headway EDB-1

    Man, I’ve been around…
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  20. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Ditto :):D:laugh:

    Headway EDB-2 H.E.
    Grace Felix
    3Leaf Audio Enabler

    Headway EDB-1 & EDB-2
    Fishman Bass Blender (remember those?)
    Fishman Model B Preamp ( Ancient Artifact)
    Barcus Berry Preamp (Neolithic Piezo Technology)
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2023
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