Preamp or Pickups?

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  1. DBDbadreligion

    DBDbadreligion SS.org Regular

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    hi,

    i have a ibanez active 5 string.
    it has bartolini mk-1 pickups(these are not real bartolini's they are licensed)
    and an ibanez vari-mid preamp in it.

    i want to improve the clarity and overall sound of this bass.
    so should change out the preamp or the pickups?
    i like to play jazz/fusion, rock, blues, alternative, and funk.

    thanks alot,

    nick
     
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    Well...what are you running it through?
     
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    a fender rumble 100 combo amp
     
  4. darren

    darren Decibel Guitars Forum MVP

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    Maybe email Bartolini and see what they recommend.
     
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    rummy maybe this year Contributor

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    Ibanez does use cheapy electronics. I think their pickup/preamp section is the #1 reason why Ibanez basses get such a bad name.

    Agilar makes great preamps, like this OBP3
    Aguilar Amplification
     
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    how much would replacing the vari-mid, with an OBP-3 improve clarity and overall tone? would it be a dramatic change? would it be very noticeable?
     
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    rummy maybe this year Contributor

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    I would imagine so. I don't have an Ibanez to make comparison, but a buddy of mine swears by the OBP3 on his Jazz. It made the sound cleaner and clearer. Your mileage may vary.
     
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    shadowgenesis Yarrrrrr

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    What does the tone of your bass sound like now? I have a BTB 4-string I got a while back. I haven't touched it in forever because the tone is too.. i dunno. It sounded great for the punk rock bass stuff i was into back then, but I want it to sound rounded and smooth and... awesome? More like a fender or something traditional.

    so erm. yes. I will be keeping an eye on this thread
     

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