Friday, 18 February 2011
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Hey all, Just curious if anyone had direct experience comparing the Super J series with the Aguilar OBP-1 and the Glockenklang 2-band pre. Never had a Dingwall before, but I really tend to like the Sadowsky preamp on my previous Jazz style basses. Because of thisI'm leaning towards the Aguilar OBP-1 (Sadowsky's pre and the OBP-1 are very closely related pre's...both designed by Alex Aguilar in the 90's). I have read reviews on talkbass.com for both preamps and most agree that the Aguilar will sound fatter and more colored, while the Glock tends to be more clinical/pristine/pure, etc. Of course the Glock can be bought prewired with a nice hybrid treble knob that allows one to boost in active mode and (with the same pot mind you) cut passively when turned counter-clockwise. The Aguilar OBP-1 was always modified by the Dingwall tech (Jeff) to have the same functionality on the treble knob. Super sweet by the way! I'm just not sure how these pre's compare in the specific context of the Super J.. thoughs? I figure they must have switched to the Glock pre for some reason (but was it at the expense of tone? hmm... ) Any thoughts appreciated :P
9 years ago
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I would also like to know, if anyone has found out since this thread was started.
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I've got one of each in the Super P/J's. The older Super P/J 4 string has the Aguilar, the newer Super P/J 5 has the Glockenlang. Both basses were purchased on the used market, they came with the preamps factory installed. And it's a super clean install job. The older has the toggle switch, batteries located under the pickguard. The newer has the push pull volume, batteries located under the totally bitchin magnetic, no tools required, cover. Both have the active/passive treble. Both provide massive range. I think the Glockenlang is the more transparent of the two. It sounds more like the pickups in passive mode, and there is less volume jump when I switch it on, unless the bass boost is dialed way up. Not that I'm knocking the Aguilar, just that the Glock is a bit more refined and not so extreme on the range. I rarely engage either of them. The passive P pickup first position on the rotary knob, or the next click is the sound I use 99% of the time. Tone rolled off about half way, to the detent. They are nice to have, and on the rare occasion that I use them, it's mostly to boost bass and cut treble. Rare like in hen's teeth. Almost never. I'm not shy about retrofitting to get what I'm after, I put P tone pickups in two of my Dingwalls. I've added pre's to other basses, but the idea was to provide what the pickups alone were not putting out. I wouldn't bother with adding a preamp to my Dingwalls, if it meant a retrofit project. My Dingwalls are plenty hot in the passive mode. To my ears, the passive P tones are the cat's meow. The blueqube tone thing is pretty cool for a quick switch to a more scooped, slap happy sound. Of course, the usual disclaimers: IMHO, YMMV, past performance cannot predict future returns, ect, ect.
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That is really helpful. Thanks! I'll stick to the Aguilar system, I think.
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