Direct Box Question - Nashville Pickup

Hello to all...been a while since I've posted anything here!


Do any of you have insight/experience with the smaller Radial DI boxes (J48, StageBug, etc)??  I currently have the PZ-Pre, and while awesome, I'm considering a smaller footprint given I play more lap/Tele than dobro these days and could use the pedalboard space.


Obviously I'd lose the mute switch and eq capabilities, but I'm really curious if the simpler DI could still fit the bill as far as boosting the signal effectively.  If so, J-48 or Stage Bug (similar but for piezo pickups with high-pass filter and 180 polarity switch)?


Thoughts? Experience?


Thanks in advance for any feedback!



About preamps (Fishman JD Aura and Tonebone PZ-Pre)

Like many folks who play with a pickup, I have a Fishman and a JD Aura Imaging pedal. I run mine through a few other things, and then out through a Radial JDI.  It seems to work fine, and the simplicity of the passive DI is convenient.  I notice a lot of people here like the Tonebone PZ-Pre, which is also by Radial, and I must say it looks nice and fancy.  I can see that the EQ would be great to have, along with the two inputs, separate monitor and main XLR out, effects loop, and notch filter.  But the JD Aura already has something of a pre-amp.  Even if the pre-amp in the PZ-Pre is better, do you use it much?  Do you:

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