Brand Spotlight: Aguilar Bass Pickups And Electronics

With over 20 years in the business, Aguilar Amplification products can be found in concert stages and studios across the globe while their preamps and pickups in particular have found a home in many of the world's best basses. What started off as an one-time collaboration between Dave Boonshot and Alex Aguilar (on what eventually became the infamous Aguilar DB 680) turned into so much more, eventually deciding to start Aguilar Amplification in 1995. They soon began creating a wide range of amazing products that went beyond just a better bass preamp, including heads, cabinets, pickups and even effects pedals -- all created with a superior engineering process that always kept the real world perspective of bass players in mind. With their personal goal of "constant improvement," Aguilar Amplification continues to push the boundaries of tone by contributing to every aspect of a bass's sound, built on the back of superior engineering, top of the line equipment and a deep dedication to continual refinement.


Check Out Some Great Aguilar Gear Below!


AG 4J-HC Hum-Canceling 4-string Jazz Bass Pickups

ag4j-hcThe 4J-HC split-coil pickups give you noiseless Jazz Bass tone that works for all playing styles. With traditional single-coil pickups, bassists are plagued by hum when the neck and bridge pickups are at different volume levels. While other hum-canceling pickups tackle the noise, you are left with thinner lows, a harsher midrange and a lack of dynamics.

The Aguilar hum-canceling pickups feature a split-coil design that allows you to get any pickup level combination without 60-cycle hum - all while retaining the natural, organic tone of your bass. Now you can experience the deep, resonant low-end of the neck pickup or solo the bridge pickup for that sought-after midrange cut without annoying hum! Wound in Aguilar’s NYC factory, the HC pickups are wound to have the big, dynamic tone that Aguilar pickups are known for.


AG 4P-60, 60s era 4-string P-Bass Pickups

ag4p-60The Fender Precision bass provided the big, round tone found in almost every hit song from the 60's. To create a pickup with that much vibe and feel, Aguilar Amplification studied the pickups from President Dave Boonshoft's personal 1963 and 64 Precision basses and created some of the most compelling '60s-era P-bass pickups around.

The AG 4P-60 pickups use all the period correct parts, including Heavy Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets. These pickups have just the right amount of mid-range "nose" to cut through a loud rock band and give all the deep support one would expect from a great 60's P-bass pickup.


AG 4M, 4-String Music Man Style Bass Pickup

ag_4mThe AG 4M  pickups recreate the classic Stingray tone while adding all of the characteristics that Aguilar pickups are known for – excellent string-to-string balance, consistency of tone and rich harmonic content.

The AG 4M pickup is wired in parallel to give players crisp treble, articulate midrange and thunderous lows. Paired with an onboard preamp, such as Aguilar’s OBP-1, 2 or 3, and bassists’ will have the ultimate in tonal flexibility. Also available in a 5-string configuration.


OBP-3SK/PP 3-band Onboard Preamp

obp-3sk-ppThe OBP-3 is Aguilar's most flexible onboard preamp design, providing +/-18dB of cut and boost at 40Hz, +/- 16dB of cut and boost at either 400Hz or 800Hz and +/- 16dB of treble cut and boost at 6.5 kHz. The OBP-3 has multiple wiring options, and can be wired with either a push/pull pot, mini-toggle or internal dip-switch for midrange frequency selection. Low noise discrete FET input stage, center-detent 50K linear pots, with a dual concentric pot is also available.

And with 324 hours of battery life -- that's two weeks of non-stop, continuous jamming -- so you'll be sure the OBP-3 won't die on you any time soon!


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