who makes the J-retro?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by FalsehoodBass, Oct 14, 2001.

  1. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    ok i know everyone loves it but i can't get any info on it if i don't know who makes it... i did a search.. and learned how cool everyone thinks it is, but i still don't know who makes it.. anyone?
  2. john east makes them and steve barr is the u.s. distributor. steve runs the dudepit and also posts here on occasion. check out this forum

    you can ask any questions you have there
  3. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Yeah, could do that, but I have less than any time for another forum:(
    Anybody here know where to find the producers sites for J-retro AND for U-retro?
  4. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
  5. If you're looking to buy one, Steve Barr is the US dealer for them. BassNW is the only other authorized US dealer, and they get theirs from him. He imports them directly from John East in the UK. He's been doing the grape harvest thing the past month so both he and BassNW were dry, but I believe he's either gotten a new shipment or awaiting one, but there's a lot of people in line ahead of you! The pit really is the best place to get more info on them, as a lot of us there use them. I've got two myself, a sweet preamp to say the least.

  6. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
  7. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Long as we're talking Retro- anyone drop the J or U retro into a non-jazz bass? What's the sounds characteristic? Thanks.
  8. I have a J-Retro standard on the bench now. It is going into my Fender RB5. I have to redo the pick guard to accomodate the electronics, and might have to do some cavity routing. Not sure of that yet, will know more when I open it up.

    I'm holding off doing the mod until my MIM P4 arrives. I have a weekly gig and cannot be without a bass while the RB5 is being hotrodded.
  9. Gil Escalera

    Gil Escalera

    Jan 17, 2002
    Upland, CA
    > anyone drop the J or U retro into a non-jazz bass?

    Yes, I did. I dropped a U-Retro into a G&L L-5500. It's a 5'er with EMG soapbars.

    The U-Retro replaced an EMG BTC. The U-Retro gave the bass a much warmer sound which surprised me. The BTC seemed brittle on the high side and boomy on the low side in this bass. The U-Retro gives me sooo much more versatility with BASS, TREBLE, BRIGHT and SWEEPABLE MID. The sweepable mid allows you to "dial-in" your growl and then boost or cut it. The U-Retro has separate buffer amplifiers for each pickup, so the blend is "active." In other words- no inter-reaction between pickups. Just an even increase/decrease in volume with NO effect to the tone. I like it very much.

    Installation was simple.
  10. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Hey Guys,

    Like others have said above, I am the US Distributor for all of John East's products including the J-Retro, U-Retro, BTB-01 and coming soon the new J-Retro Stompbox version (first shipment due in early March). I sell the products direct and also have Bass Northwest and R-2 Musical set up as retailers here in the US.

    Bass Northwest only stocks the basic chrome J-Retro-01 preamp but can order any of the various products. R-2 Musical stocks everything as do I.

    My website is located at: Vintage Bass Trading Co.

    Here are links to BNW & R-2

    Bass Northwest

    R-2 Musical

    John East's website is located at:

  11. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    ps: If you're outside the US click on John East's website link above where he has all the different distributors listed worldwide.