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Which onboard preamp?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by GrooveWarrior, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. I have a 2001 American Standard Jazz. Natural Ash body, maple board. It has Bartolini Quadcoil pickups. I want to put a preamp in it. Which one do you think I should get with that setup? I prefer a 3 band.

    If you choose "other" please specify.
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  2. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Jacksonville, Fl
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  3. If you wanted to go really wild, ACG preamp.
    Conservative: East Retro

    I had bad luck with Audere and Glock
  4. I just put the 3 band Aguilar on my Ray34ca with nordstrand mm4.2 pickup and I couldn't be happier. Best sounding bass I have ever played.
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  5. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    That ACG EQ-01 has me intrigued.
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  6. What is wild about the ACG? I'm not real familiar with them.
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Mike Pope preamp
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yeah, I was gonna say Flex Core, but since it wasn't in the poll, I put Aguilar.
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Can anyone describe the Aggie sound in a nutshell is it aggressive and middy?
  10. Envincibal

    Envincibal Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    Philly, PA
    Audere. That's all you'll need.
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  11. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    I've noticed that EMG preamps get little or no love around here.
    Why is that?
  12. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
  13. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Audio Mike Lull Custom Guitars Gallien Krueger amplification Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups
    Audere or Nordstrand
  14. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer
    I put the East Retro. I just love the tone, but that being said I have never heard one with Quad Bart Jazz pickups. I have heard a U-Retro with Bart Quad Soap bars in a Roscoe bass and it sounded amazing.
  15. Sadowsky. While not as hifi and up-to-date as others, the warmth and girth its FETs gives, is addictive IMO
  16. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
    Please see Profile for Endorsement disclosures
    Nah, not really. I have an OBP-3 in a Fender 5'er with a passive switch. There's is virtually no difference in tone with the eq points set flat.

    There is a lot of range with the Aggie, though. It has more boost & cut available than is probably needed!. The eq points are smart & musical and just plain work well! There is a selectable mid frequency - the higher setting gets aggressive if you boost it, but set flat it's very neutral, it doesn't really "add" or "subtract" anything.
  17. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I really like the 4 band Audere preamp ... my second choice is the East preamps. I don't have much interest in the rest.
  18. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008

    4 band controls and no unwanted coloration.
  19. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    Agree. I had an Aggie as well and a Sadowsky. Loved them both, but the Sadowsky is magic. The way it fits a jazz bass is just perfect.