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What Electronics For A Warwick Rb Streamer Stage 1 4

Discussion in 'Bass Pickups & Electronics' started by Edmouk, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Edmouk

    Edmouk

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    Hello,

    I am new to this forum and having recently purchased a Warwick rb streamer stage 1 4, I had one question about this bass, if anyoine can help.

    So far, everything is OK with the bass, except the active electronics which sounds... so, so...

    Would you have any idea for a better replacement active circuit ?

    Thanks very much.

    Ed.
     
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    RIP California U.S.A. Supporting Member

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    A lot of people like Aguilar's OBP2 or 3's for a replacement

    Aguilar OBP-3TK 3-Band Boost/Cut On Board Bass Preamp w/Toggle
     
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  3. Edmouk

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    RIP California U.S.A. Supporting Member

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    Yes they are. I installed one in my Thumb bass with active pups
     
  5. Edmouk

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    Thanks very much RIP.

    Do you think a Spector Tone Pump could also do the job ? I still have one somewhere at home...
     
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    Yes, that will also work......you know a lot people do not like the sound of the Tone Pumps and normally swap out those pre's after they buy a Spector

    But honestly its up to you what you like and don't like, not anyone else

    FWIW, there's a lot of great pre's out there, Audere, Nordstrand, Seymour Duncan....the list goes on and on

    You probably won't ever be able to play them all in person before you buy, but there's a ton of You Tube videos you can check out to help make your decision

    Me, I love the MEC's, but when I did change one out on my Thumb I went with the Aguilar just because there was so much hype at the time about them....and it was really good, but others might feel they were looking for something different

    Anyway, check out some videos and read all the reviews you can before you make the change......happy hunting and report back with what you decided to get
     
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    Thank you very much RIP.

    I think Ill try the Tone Pump and if it's not satisfying, I'll look for an Aguilar.
     
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    Just one more question...

    I find the output volume of my Warwick is quite low for an active bass. I mean it is even lower than a passive bass (such as a standard Fender Jazz Bass).

    Is this normal ? I own a few other active basses (Status, Spector...) and they are much louder compared to the Warwick.

    Thanks.
     
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    Honestly I'm not sure if the RB pre's are different than the German pre's.....but I dont think thats normal. Their quality is normally outstanding

    Calling @CliffHNZ (or anyone else that knows) as I know he owns a RB. Maybe he can tell us if the RB pre has a lower output than the German models

    Worse comes to worse, you could always email Warwick and ask

    Edit: calling @Hoggles @jester maybe these guys can help with your question
     
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    Pretty sure the RB line comes with warwick nickel strings (yellow label) mine did, so if they’re still on it will have noticeably lower output than the stainless (black label)
     
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    Funnily enough, my RB has a marked difference in output compared to my Thumb. Both 2-band preamps in each (Fortress is 4 pot, Thumb is 2+1 stacked) but there is definitely a noticeable difference and that is with matching settings. Keeping in mind, both basses are also rocking MEC Golds (active).
     
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    Have you still got the coloursound preamp in the RB and I assume you’ve changed strings to your preferred?
     
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    Hi everyone,

    Thanks so much for your replies. This is much appreciated.

    So, having changed strings and battery on my RB doesn't help having a higher output volume.

    I have also contacted a guy who is selling the very same model on a French music bebsite0. He replied that his Rock Bass has a very strong, high output volume, and certainly not lower than a passive bass.

    Next thing I'll do is post a picture of the preamp. Everything seems OK, except the black wire from the battery which looks loosely soldered to the jack socket.
     
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    Hi, do you want a High Output and do not dig too much into ya wallet?

    The only & best solution is to go for Delano's pickups and passive operation.

    I'm a passive extremist. I am also a Delano retailer but I Don't sell in US so far (because I'm not a big shop, I just order for some custom requests), so I'm not trying to win money here.

    I can understand people who need a EQ in the bass for stage/live purposes, though. But I'll go for passive. I can eventually help you in the Delano lineup.

    Don't hate me because I like passive, thank you : ;)
     
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    Nothing wrong with liking passive pickups. It's all good here :)
     
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    Thanks Cliff !

    @Edmouk really, go for Delano. Almost every pickups available in MEC range has is equivalent at Delano. If you want to hear a passive neck-thru bass with passive Delano's AND passive action, check this quickly:

    PS: Sorry for the blabla, wasn't meant for YouTube in the first place, like the title says… (and the shitty recording)

     
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    Hi Edmouk,

    Sorry I missed this thread, buddy.

    Electronics- you know, any electronics should pe OK with the MEC pickups, you just need to have the right pots for the pickups you have on the bass (250 or 500 for passive basses, 25 or 50 for active)
    So do a little research, and buy something you think it will help, or make your life easier and go VVTT :))

    - Low output. - You have a RB Streamer LX, with active (gold logo) pickups, right? That bass should have a pretty high output. Is the pickup height OK? It should be 2.5 mm for bridge pickup, if you have more, you will have less output. But anyway, something seems to be wrong.
    RB Streamer STD with large pasive pickups have lower output indeed.
     
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    Heeeei, Marco!
    You made that bass?? Awesome, bro! Are those Delano pickups, even the TJ? (Sorry I am in a bit of a hurry, I will watch the full video later)
     
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    Yep, I do. Some defaults but it works fine. It's on its way back from UK after a passaround. I'll be able to make a proper soundcheck once it's back home.

    And Yep, Delano twin jazz (DJC4AL) and Delano JC4AL.

    Thank you very much!
     
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    Hi friends,
    Thanks very much for your replies.

    Marco, installing passive PUs could be an option, but I already have passive basses and I'd really like to keep my RB Streamer active. ;-)

    Florin, my RB has MEC PUs (with gold logo - so, active PUs) and the setup is OK with strings height, that's why I erally think there's something wrong with the preamp.

    I really must find time to take some pictures of the preamp, maybe some of you might notice something wrong with the connection...
     
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