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    Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive
    $199.99
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    $279.99 (save 29%)
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    Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Guitar Preamp Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Guitar Preamp
    Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Guitar Preamp

    Housed in a pro-quality, all-metal case, it's got a Aura Acoustic Imaging built in along with a 3-band EQ,...

    $329.95
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    $529.99 (save 38%)
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    Headway EDB-2 Direct Preamp Headway EDB-2 Direct Preamp
    $364.99
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    Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp
    Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box...

    A full-featured acoustic guitar preamping system that gives you a toolbox full of tonal tweaking options, the...

    $299.99
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    $399.99 (save 25%)
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    $263.99
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    Engl Tube Preamp E 530 Engl Tube Preamp E 530
    Engl Tube Preamp E 530

    Tube preamp for guitar with stereo headphone amp for silent practice and plenty of tonal versatility.

    $674.99
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    $843.99 (save 20%)
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    Tech 21 Sansamp RBI Rackmount Bass Tube Amp Emulator Tech 21 Sansamp RBI Rackmount Bass Tube Amp Emulator
    Tech 21 Sansamp RBI Rackmount Bass Tube Amp Emulator

    Just like its exceptionally popular pedal predecessor, SansAmp RBI offers you an entire sound spectrum of the...

    $329.00
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    Tech 21 SansAmp RPM Rackmount Preamp Tech 21 SansAmp RPM Rackmount Preamp
    Tech 21 SansAmp RPM Rackmount Preamp

    Instrument preamp with parametric EQ.

    $329.00
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    $435.00 (save 24%)
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    AMT Electronics SS-11 3-Channel Dual Tube Guitar Preamp AMT Electronics SS-11 3-Channel Dual Tube Guitar Preamp
    $399.95
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    EBS MicroBass II Bass Preamp Pedal EBS MicroBass II Bass Preamp Pedal
    EBS MicroBass II Bass Preamp Pedal

    If you want to get the famous EBS sound for your bass, then this little preamp-in-a-pedal is your ticket. And...

    $399.00
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    Fishman Jerry Douglas Signature Aura Imaging Effects Pedal for Resonator Guitar Fishman Jerry Douglas Signature Aura Imaging Effects Pedal for Resonator Guitar
    Fishman Jerry Douglas Signature Aura Imaging Effects Pedal...

    The Jerry Douglas Signature Series Aura Imaging Pedal features 16 custom Fishman Aura Images created and used...

    $319.95
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    Aguilar OBP-3SK/PP Onboard Bass Preamp Aguilar OBP-3SK/PP Onboard Bass Preamp
    $149.00
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    Radial Engineering PZ-Deluxe Acoustic Preamp / Direct Box Guitar Pedal Radial Engineering PZ-Deluxe Acoustic Preamp / Direct Box Guitar Pedal
    $249.99
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    $232.49
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    AER AER Colourizer 1 Channel preamp / DI-Cox with Sound Shaping Controls AER AER Colourizer 1 Channel preamp / DI-Cox with Sound Shaping Controls
    $429.00
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    Headway EDM-1 Mini Direct Preamp Headway EDM-1 Mini Direct Preamp
    $219.59
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    BBE Acoustimax Sonic Maximizer/Preamp Pedal BBE Acoustimax Sonic Maximizer/Preamp Pedal
    BBE Acoustimax Sonic Maximizer/Preamp Pedal

    Makes amplified acoustic instruments sound more natural.

    $199.99
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    $392.99 (save 49%)
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    $162.17
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    AMT Electronics Tube Guitar Series SS-20 Guitar Preamp AMT Electronics Tube Guitar Series SS-20 Guitar Preamp
    AMT Electronics Tube Guitar Series SS-20 Guitar Preamp

    AMT has managed to achieve full dynamic characteristics of guitar signal without usual hybrid "squeeze" as...

    $349.95
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    $499.95 (save 30%)
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    Aguilar OBP-3TK/PP Onboard Bass Preamp Aguilar OBP-3TK/PP Onboard Bass Preamp
    $149.00
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    Aguilar OBP-3SK Onboard Bass Preamp Aguilar OBP-3SK Onboard Bass Preamp
    $144.00
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    Markbass MoMark EQ44S-HE Bass EQ Module Markbass MoMark EQ44S-HE Bass EQ Module
    Markbass MoMark EQ44S-HE Bass EQ Module

    Four bands of semi-parametric EQ, top-end internal components, and gold connectors.

    $189.99
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    $379.99 (save 50%)
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    Randall RGOD Guitar Preamp Pedal Randall RGOD Guitar Preamp Pedal
    $199.99
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Amplification is an incredibly important part of performing. Not only do electric instruments depend on amplifiers to make themselves heard, but even acoustic guitars, drums and other instruments can take on the biggest venues when they've got mics and amps pulling for them. A complete amplifier kit is made up of a few different parts, and at the heart of them all is the preamp.

A common piece of hardware for any musician is the amplifier head, but using a traditional head means packaging the preamp and power amp together, so your sections are set in advance. Choosing a standalone preamp is a good way around this limitation, giving you the opportunity to match up to the power amp of your choice. You'll find a number of rack-mounted and free-standing preamps in this lineup, which are the perfect partners for a high-end power amp in a personalized setup.

Of course, you're not limited to just one preamp, and many of the models here are designed to be used in addition to the one you've already got in your rack or studio equipment. Most of those come in the form of a pedal, giving you an extra layer of tone-shaping potential on top of what you get from your amp head or combo amplifier alone. Another option worth looking into for guitar and bass players is Aguilar's series of onboard preamps. They're compact preamps that fit right into the guitar body to beef up the sound signal before it even leaves the instrument.

No matter which type of preamp is right for you, there's no doubt that it will go a long way toward defining your individual sound and style. These amplifiers are a customizer's dream: considering that the preamp's role is to shape your tone from the ground up, there's simply no other piece of equipment with as much power to create exactly the sort of sound you want.

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