Recomendations of a good, cheap pre amp

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  1. fred4321

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    HI,
    I have a KNA Piezo SG1 pickup on one of my guitars. Sounds good.

    I want to shape the sound better before it goes into my amp.

    A big ask, but can anyone recommend an inexpensive battery powered portable pre-amp (If that's what I need)?
    Mostly for practice.
    cheers
     
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    haggardfan1 Friend of Leo's

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    I have a Behringer ADI21 that fits your criteria pretty well. It's quiet, warm, has decent EQ, and only costs about thirty bucks.

    It isn't built as stoutly as something like the LR Baggs Para DI, but I have both and soundwise, the Behringer holds its own quite nicely.
     
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    Thanks for that. The price is right!
    So, when it sits between the guitar and amp it will give me greater control of the guitars tone?
     
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    Yes. It has a gain structure to set and then you can use the volume control on your guitar, if the guitar has one.

    It has a four band EQ, ground.lift, and a tube amp simulator that you can blend in to the signal or bypass altogether according to personal preference. Also very user friendly, at least IMO.
     
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  5. Charlie Bernstein

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    If it's a passive pickup, browse used Fire-Eye Red-Eyes at Reverb.com.

    They're easy to use: nothing but a tone knob, a boost knob, and a boost switch (the red eye).

    And they get high scores for tone. Best of both worlds.

    I use one for a flattop, a couple of resonators, and a mando. They all sound great.
     
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    This is exactly how I use a Boss Blues Driver as an outboard preamp. Always ON

    It gooses my amp (s) with some presence and however much Level boost and ( adjustable) Gain I need, and I control everything from my guitar Volume knob!
    Easy Peazy! ;-)
     
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    I have one of these:

    https://www.lrbaggs.com/preamps-di/para-di-acoustic-guitar-preamp

    It's extraordinary, seriously. It brings back the sound of my acoustic guitar when I have to use a pickup (I have the Baggs M1). With a bit of tweaking, it's possible to shape the tone into a big, rich, warm resonance, which is why people like acoustic guitars, isn't it? It's truly an essential piece of equipment if you play live and want your acoustic guitar to sound "real".

    Edit: This pickup is magic, and designed to work along with the PARA DI.

    https://www.lrbaggs.com/pickups/m1-acoustic-guitar-pickup
     
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    I have an acoustic pedalboard with 3 of these, one for dobro, one for mandolin, and one for guitar. Inexpensive, and does the job. I just set the eq for each instrument and switch in and out as the setlist dictates. One lead in, one lead out.[​IMG]
     
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    No,my pickup doesn't have a volume or tone control. Goes straight into the amp.
     
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    Another vote for the LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI. For my large rig, I run a dual source system that allows me to soundshape a mic and piezo pickup independently. For a quick setup,
    I've tried Fishman, Boss, even ART pedals. I switched to the Baggs (around 2001) and I haven't looked back. I don't try to dial in a sound I like, just pull out problem frequencies with the notch (mid bass) and mid controls. I dial down any quackiness with the presence control, and dial in the lows and treble (think "air") to taste. The sound guys

    I regularly work with (these days mostly at church) have all said they really like the sound I feed them. It may not be on the same level as my large system, but for the most part, they run my eq flat for FOH.
     
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    I second that !
     
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    The JHS Clover is wonderful.
     
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