Passive pickups/ active electronics
I really like the new Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass. The new noiseless N3 pick ups aren't bad, but I was wondering if I could swap those pickups out with Fender Custom Shop 60's jazz bass pick ups? Would they work as good as the stacked coils in the N3's?
60s JB pickups surely hum ...
But the 60s PUs are high impedance PUs as well as the N3 PUs!
For yeas / decades guitar/bass players use the expression "active PUs" and "passive PUs" - which is wrong.
PUs have a high or low impedance.
99% of the low impedance PUs are combined with an active electronic - but this doesn't make them "active". Les Paul made basses with low impedance PUs but without an active electronic ...
An active electronic can be comined with low or high impedance PUs. It depends on the active electronic.
Some / many EMG PUs are low impedance with the electronic on board. But today 80% (?) of the active electronics are made for "normal high impedance PUs". So, you can replace the PUs on board with any other "normal high impedance PU"...
As an active electronic can boost high frequencies you might be unsatisfied with "noisy SCs". But this is a matter of taste - and no one forces you to boost the high frequencies ...
Thanks for the info, helps me out a lot.
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