Originally Posted by JetBlackJazz
I'm afraid I've come to the conclusion that active in worship is utter crap. I played a guest's custom 5 string MM, active 3 band and put my strings on, set it all to flat, and it just sounded bad. Period. So active is out of the question. Sorry
the word custom is key here and most custom basses of any manufacturer personally IMO i haven't ever liked...and you are probably right in that it was utter crap. and musicmans tone i haven't really liked as so much either.
i agree that an active 5 string bass will give you a bright sound and fuller/punchier sound. i have had only 2 basses, my first is a yamaha BB1200 and this sounded great smooth i loved it. it was a passive bass. my bass that i have owned (my 2nd and 3rd. i sold and repurchased the same bass again due to moving countries
) Spector Rebop DLXFM 5string bass, and its one of the best basses i have heard. i had compared this to many others, including fender jazz, musicman, various warwick basses, and this was the only bass (obviously IMO) that i picked up and right away had and amazing feel to it, and i had access to a wide range of tones with out compromising the overall integrity of the tone, i can have some nice phat bottom end whilst being punchy and clear.
so i would disagree when you say that an active bass's sound is utter crap, however everyone's opinion is different.
P.S. i have used this within a worship environment and it has served me very well!