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El Toro - Swapping G&L Preamps

PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:06 am
by beedubyuh
Hi, it's been said before, El Toro's are great. They are so good in passive mode, that you don't even need to use the preamp, which is nice, because the preamps are really trebly, hissy, etc. This is my experience, as well. I find the preamp unusable, but don't care because passive mode is more than enough. But, maybe I'm just getting cabin fever (winter in Chicago), I've ordered an L-series preamp from G&L and am going to swap it into my El Toro. Anyone have any thoughts/concerns in pairing that preamp with those pickups?

Thx!

Re: El Toro - Swapping G&L Preamps

PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:22 pm
by Paul Gagon
beedubyuh wrote:Hi, it's been said before, El Toro's are great. They are so good in passive mode, that you don't even need to use the preamp, which is nice, because the preamps are really trebly, hissy, etc. This is my experience, as well. I find the preamp unusable, but don't care because passive mode is more than enough. But, maybe I'm just getting cabin fever (winter in Chicago), I've ordered an L-series preamp from G&L and am going to swap it into my El Toro. Anyone have any thoughts/concerns in pairing that preamp with those pickups?

Thx!

OK, it’s not that you can’t drop in other preamps into an El Toro bass (with a slight mod to the treble circuit) but before you do that, check out the following. I have a post in this section that is titled “El Toro Preamp Taming/R7 Mod” give that whole post a read and maybe give that mod a try. You might find that you can get what you’re looking for without putting in a different preamp. Let us all know how things go.

Paul

Re: El Toro - Swapping G&L Preamps

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:39 pm
by bigtone23
Yes, all I had to do was swap out a single resistor to make my El Toro have a similar treble response in both active and passive modes.

Re: El Toro - Swapping G&L Preamps

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:42 pm
by bigtone23
If you didn't already find the thread...
viewtopic.php?f=28&t=2574