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Aguilar OBP-3 Preamp!

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by FunkyMan, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. FunkyMan

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    Greetings. I wonder if anyone ever installed a Aguilar OBP-3 preamp in some warwick bass? (OBP-3TK/PP model specifically, because these come with a midrange frequency selector, some come with a swicth, and this one comes with a push / pull pot, instead of the switch) I have a Streamer Jazzman 5.

    There are certain characteristics of these preamp that interest me, but I want to know if it is compatible with my bass and with the J / MM pickups, and if it uses 2 or 1 battery! I don't want to make any modification in the wood, if that require it! Thanks
     
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    Hi
    I've not fitted one,but if you check out their site you will get more info.IIRC you can run them at 9 or 18 volts,18 giving more db boost
     
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    I used that on my Jazzman for a while and it is more versatile than the stock preamp; also the lows are better IMO.
    It works with one battery.
     
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    I got mind on my SSI 5, more range, make my bartolini sounds hi fi....

    They are good but I would like to try bartolini preamp, btw, mind is 18V.

    I will change nothing if I used to have MEC 3 band preamp.
     
  5. stickman

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    Iv got the OBP-3 in my 99' Thumb BO 4. It opened up the sound of the bass. I think its pretty good! Except for some reason the output volume is quite high now. Could be something I have done wrong tho?
     
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    I have one in my Zoot custom deluxe, a thru-neck mahogany/maple bass.

    It's the push/pull mid-switch one, runs at 18v.

    It delivers much more clean bass than the MEC units in my Warwicks (a Corvette and Fortress One), the mids are especially prominent. I leave the push/pull down as the low-mids are thicker, however it does really good honky Rickenbacker-style sounds with it pulled up. I don't use the mid knob past halfway much

    The treble is less prominent than in my Warwicks but i think that's a good thing as i sometimes find the treble on the 2-band MEC units quite brittle and don't use it past half way. On the Aguilar the treble is usable to the extent of it's travel and always sounds very musical and not harsh at all
     
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    I got to try a mid 90's Vette junker bass with passive MEC's & Aguilar OBP3 & it ripped arse.The poor bass looked like it had one foot in the grave,but was one of the most agressive,growly,beefy son of a bitch I'd ever laid hands on.
     
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    Whatever goes in an OBP-3 comes out DOUBLE.

     
  9. FunkyMan

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    So obviusly it's a good change? i was amazed by the fact that some famous luthier that make high end basses use this preamp in their instruments: Elrick, Mayones, Ristola!
     
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    It definitely has it's own character, even flat. I like it a lot, perhaps not for everyone's taste. I 've tried it on an all maple bass.
    The lows are ultra low, wide open and thick (40Hz), the mids give a lot of tone shaping potential, and the highs are really really
    musical. It has great presence if you like that... If you can get your hands on an Aguilar Tone Hammer stomp box you practically
    get a chance to try it out with your onboard preamp bypassed. The Tone Hammer is an OBP-3 plus dirt in a box...

     
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    i installed one on a stock 5 string bubinga corvette std. and i cant
    say anything bad about it.

    the customer was in love as well.

    totally sounded different, and the bottom was thick in a different
    way, because of being voiced differently.

    i would reccommend it for sure if you are looking for a different
    flavor.
     
  12. FunkyMan

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    Oh Really? but how would you describe their sound? like modern? fender-like? or like the current sound but with more output? (sound like very stupid questions but need to be sure..) Thanks
     
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    I am more of a Seymour-Duncan guy in terms of preamps, but I've had some experience with the OBP-3 (and the OBP-1) and they are beastly preamps. You'll be very happy with it.
     
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    Does anyone know if MEC/Warwick knobs fit the Aguilar stacked pot ?
     
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    Before you commit to Aguilar, try Audere. You can custom-cofigure whatever you want, have it assembled and shipped for about the same price. :eek:)
     
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    Anyone have recordings of Thumb with OBP-3?
     
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    really old thread but this is what just happened to me. I put a OPB3 pre in my thumb 6 neck through. I really liked it a lot. The bass boost at 40Hz makes more sense than the stock MEC 100Hz and it was a lot cleaner/nicer to my ears. Now the bad news. The stock knobs do not fit which is a pain so i had to source new knobs, Then my pre amp faulted after 3 weeks. I now am pulling it out to send back to aguilar . They seem to be good about it and will replace if found to be faulty but they want to check over fist, Fare enough. Lucky i keep the old one and in the meantime i have been running my bass passice ito a GK fusion 550 which also sounds good. If they replace the pre i will put it back in as i prefer it to the MEC mainly for teh low boost and selectable mids which i like. Sad news is i live in New Zealand and have to send the pre to the US so yeah bummer for me...ha ha
     
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    Which model bass? I just had one installed in my SSII and the stock knobs fit just fine.
     
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    Hi Its a Thumb 6 string neck through. The stacked pots were different.
     
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    Everything I heard about Aguilar & Audere Preamps is just great , one can t make mistake with them , actually , I m in the process to get me some Audere Classic Peamp for my SS1 6-String right now , maybe get it in a month or 2 never know hopefully!
     
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