East Pre amps :: J-Retro, J Tone, DJ Retro, Deluxe, on board, eq, UK, EU, USA. For Fender Jazz Bass Guitars ::  Bass Direct, Warwick, Birmingham, London, Manchester, for sale, on offer, active bass, leo fender


  1. *The J Retro has a pre-shaped eq that is always on, we offer a flat response version of this preamp with no fixed tone shape giving a more equal volume and tone when switching between active and passive.

J RETRO - £195 Chrome, £205 Black, £215 Gold

The J Retro 01 Bass Preamp is designed to fit directly into standard "Jazz" style basses without modification, including a PP3 battery. Its high quality circuit uses three stacked knobs and includes an active blend circuit plus a 3 band equaliser with bass, variable frequency mid, treble and bright function.

A very gentle built in contour gives immediate colour without detracting from the basic sound of any bass. The active blend circuit prevents the loss associated with many passive basses where, when both pickups are up full, the signal from one pickup feeds into the other and vice versa.

However, a switch is included to allow a passive equal mix of both pickups. A second switch - basic "get-you-out-of-trouble" passive mode is included in case the battery dies in crucial circumstances, but this mode allows lots of useful settings too.

Easy to fit, no routing or modification on most basses.

A standard PP3 battery fits under the plate in the standard cavity in most J-style basses.

DJ Retro

The DJ-RETRO 01 is designed to fit directly into the Lakland Daryl Jones Signature bass without modification, including a PP3 battery. Its high quality circuit uses three stacked knobs and includes an active blend circuit plus a 3 band equaliser with bass, variable frequency mid, treble and bright function.

NEW J Tone 01

The J Tone 01 is a simplified Retro with vol/pan (or vol/vol) stack, bass/treble stack and passive tone which acts as an active/passive push/pull. Simple but perfect for most situations and comes with chrome bell plate. From the rear panel you can change the bass voicing and treble voicing to suit your requirements, there is also an adjustable passive tone capacitor option to fine tune your passive roll off and a pickup trim pot to get the perfect balance or output and screw terminals for the pickups and earth connections - no soldering required!!!

Also available in black!

Chrome plate Black Knobs

J RETRO DELUXE - £207.50 Chrome, £217.50 Black, £227.50 Gold

Same as J Retro, but with an added fourth knob for passive tone control. This preamp is made for Fender Deluxe style basses with a side mounted jack.


VOLUME & BLEND (Knob stack nearest the neck pickup)

The upper knob is the Volume which has two sections under the same knob. A high impedance for the passive path and a low impedance section is used for the active circuitry. When used active, this knob has active circuitry after it so that the feed to your amplifier is a low impedance drive.

The lower outer knob is the Blend balance for the pickups. Turn it fully clockwise for the neck pickup alone and fully anti-clockwise for the bridge pickup. The midway position, which has an indent, gives an equal mix of both pickups. The balance between the pickups is continuously variable with progressive level compensation towards the single pickup settings. Important:- The Pickups switch (by the blend) must be set pointing towards the jack for the Blend to function.

BASS & TREBLE (The middle knob stack)

TREBLE (+12dB @ 3 kHz, -12dB @ 1kHz)
The upper knob is the Treble control with boost and cut. The central 'flat' position is indented. The cut settings work on lower frequencies compared to boost to give a deeper sound when the top is rolled off.

BRIGHT (+8dB @ 7kHz)
Pull the Treble knob for the Bright setting.

BASS (+15dB @ 50Hz)
The lower outer knob is the boost only Bass control. The frequency band of boost gets progressively lower as the boost is increased. An indent midway is included to aid the setting of this control.

MID LEVEL & FREQUENCY (The knob stack nearest the jack)

BOOST/CUT (+/- 12dB)
The upper knob controls the amount of Mid boost or cut at frequencies according to the setting of the Frequency knob. The midway indent is the 'flat' position.

FREQUENCY (150Hz - 3kHz)
The lower outer knob is continuously variable and sets the Mid frequencies for boost or cut.

Towards the jack for active, the opposite for passive.

The PP3 battery is switched on automatically when a mono jack is plugged into the socket.

The U-Retro, based on the J Retro 01 is a universal highly flexible on-board dual input preamp and EQ system. The standard pots have 10mm threaded bushes to allow rear mounting in the wood of a bass body, or 6mm bushes, for plate or scratch plate mounting, can be supplied to special order. Flat wire connections to the pots and toggle switches allow for flexible layout.


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J Tone Chrome £149 Vol/Pan OUT OF STOCK

J Tone Chrome £149 Vol/Vol OUT OF STOCK

J Tone Chrome/Black knobs £159 Vol/Vol OUT OF STOCK

J Tone Black* £159   Vol/Pan OUT OF STOCK

J Retro 01 Chrome £195

J Retro 01 Black* £205

J Retro 01 Flat response*, Chrome £195

J Retro Deluxe Chrome £207.50

DJ Retro Chrome £205 OUT OF STOCK

There is £5 shipping for UK orders

For EU orders outside the UK ADD £5 shipping

* Includes black knobs and black plate


Tel: 01926 886433