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  1. Top-Seller
    Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive
    Your Price $279.99
  2. Radial Engineering Bassbone V2 Bass Preamp and DI Box
    Your Price $399.99
  3. Radial Engineering Bassbone OD Bass Preamp With Overdrive
    Your Price $459.99
  4. Trace Elliot SERIES 6 Bass Preamp
    Your Price $299.99
    Great Condition
    Naperville, IL
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    Aguilar OBP-3TK On Board Bass Preamp
    Your Price $164.99
  6. Mesa Boogie Subway Bass DI-Preamp
    Your Price $349.00
    or $15/month‡
    with 24 month financing*. Limited Time. Special Financing Offers (Open in new window)
  7. Aguilar OBP-3SK/PP Onboard Bass Preamp
    Your Price $179.99
  8. Aguilar OBP-3TK/PP Onboard Bass Preamp
    Your Price $169.99
  9. Aguilar OBP-2TK On Board Bass Preamp
    Your Price $149.99
  10. Aguilar OBP-3SK Onboard Bass Preamp
    Your Price $169.99
  11. Aguilar OBP-2SK On Board Bass Preamp
    Your Price $159.99
  12. EWS TRILOGIC BASS PREAMP Bass Preamp
    Your Price $124.99
    Excellent Condition
    Gwinnett, GA
  13. Electro-Harmonix Battalion Bass Preamp
    Your Price $149.99
    Excellent Condition
    Harrisburg, PA
  14. Acoustic BPDI DI Pedal With Overdrive Bass Preamp
    Your Price $79.99
    Excellent Condition
    Mesa, AZ
  15. Used DemonFX Microtubes D7k Ultra Bass Preamp
    Your Price $67.99
    Great Condition
    Overland Park, KS
  16. Sadowsky Guitars Outboard Bass Preamp Bass Preamp
    Your Price $199.99
    Great Condition
    New London, CT
  17. Ampeg SCR-DI Bass Preamp
    Your Price $224.99
    Great Condition
    Orange, CT
  18. Hartke LX5500 Class A Tube Preamp Tube Bass Preamp
    Your Price $379.99
    Great Condition
    Johnson City, NY
  19. Markbass Mark Vintage Pre Tube Tube Bass Preamp
    Your Price $299.99
    Great Condition
    Towson, MD
  20. Darkglass Vintage Ultra Bass Preamp
    Your Price $369.99
    Great Condition
    Greensboro, NC
  21. Darkglass B7K Bass Preamp
    Your Price $219.99
    Great Condition
    Englewood, CO
  22. Ampeg SCR-DI Bass Preamp
    Your Price $199.99
    Great Condition
    Cincinnati, OH
  23. Markbass Mark Vintage Pre Tube Tube Bass Preamp
    Your Price $299.99
    Great Condition
    Eugene, OR
  24. Eden The Navigator Tube Bass Preamp
    Your Price $675.99
    Great Condition
    Central Dallas, TX
  25. MXR 2017 THUMP Bass Preamp
    Your Price $99.99
    Great Condition
    Mobile, AL
  26. Hartke LX8500 Tube Bass Preamp
    Your Price $549.99
    Great Condition
    NW Tucson, AZ
  27. NUX Npb-5 Bass Preamp
    Your Price $144.99
    Great Condition
    Winston-Salem, NC
  28. Ampeg SCR-DI Bass Preamp
    Your Price $220.99
    Great Condition
    South Bay, CA
  29. Darkglass Vintage Ultra V2 Bass Preamp Bass Preamp
    Your Price $374.99
    Great Condition
    Central Dallas, TX
  30. Price Drop
    DEMETER VTBP201S Tube Bass Preamp
    Your Price $649.99 Was Price $799.99
    Great Condition
    Buffalo, NY
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There was a time when the preamp was simply considered part of the amplifier head and little more, but that time ended with the expansion of electronic hardware for the studio—not to mention a little thing called 'funk' in the 1970s. When this genre exploded in popularity, it brought the idea of an external bass preamp to the forefront for high-gain sounds that have been making an impact ever since. In today's music scene, bass preamps are used for a wide variety of musical styles. Whether they're connected in-line with an amplifier for a stacked effect or used with a mixer in the studio where power amps and speakers aren't needed, preamps are great pieces of equipment to have. The smallest and simplest bass preamps you'll find are the onboard models. These compact devices are made to fit comfortably inside the control cavity of your electric bass, giving the signal a boost of amplification and tone before it even leaves the instrument. With one of these little preamps installed, you can get the cutting tone of active pickups without having to give up your favorite passives.

Turn on the onboard preamp when you want the added power, or bypass it to maintain the vintage passive sound. Bass preamps also come in pedal form, giving you yet another layer of control as the signal travels from your bass toward the final amp. With a preamp pedal, you gain the benefit of foot control, allowing you to change up your sound onstage with a simple stomp. Many of the bass preamp options give a nod to the studio recording artist. These include the tube amp emulator from Tech 21, which makes it possible to get the rich warmth of tubes even in a studio setting without a traditional amp. There are also a slew of preamp modules and master modules by Markbass to connect the guitar directly to your mixer without losing the benefits of a preamp. Whether you're playing on stage or in the studio, there are definite perks to incorporating a bass preamp into your setup. Not only can it help you boost the power and character of your tone, it can also provide the advantages of a preamp in situations where the other components of a traditional amp stack don't quite fit.

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