|dje31 ||10-15-2013 09:51 AM |
Active / Passive + Tube / Solid State?
Here's one I haven't seen in my time at talkbass. Knowing and glossing over the fact that there are tons of variables ( pick vs. fingers; flat vs. round; stainless vs nickel; wood types on bodies, necks and fingerboards; bolt-on vs thru; studio vs. live; musical style; astrological signs, etc.), what is your preference?
Active or Passive Bass?
- and -
Tube vs Solid State Amp?
Feel free to comment or expand as you see fit.
Thanks for playing the 'Feud!
|01FromFinland ||10-15-2013 09:58 AM |
Couldn't pick anyone of those, because i use passive basses and hybrid amp(Marshall DBS 7200).
|Gaolee ||10-15-2013 10:02 AM |
I use nitro to make the motor more powerful, and Polly wants a cracker.
|The Celestials ||10-15-2013 10:06 AM |
ACTIVE! SOLID STATE!
I honestly prefer what I call a "my dark, cold tone". I don't go for a warm, full, funky, midrange-y tone. I want it to be deep, mysterious, and dark sounding. :hiding:
Just my 2 cents...
|rickomania1970 ||10-15-2013 10:19 AM |
i choose passive/solid state but passive and hybrid is good for me too.RIC 4003/Eden WT550 :bassist:
|VanillaThundah ||10-15-2013 10:22 AM |
If it comes right down to it, I like active or passive into a good tube amp. Not always the best choice for load-in/out, but if weight wasn't an issue I'd go tube all the way.
I do love the sound of my actives AND passives through my GK MB200 though, worth noting IMO :bassist:
Depends on the bass, amp and cabinet combination. I like my active modulus thru SS but only with 2, 210s and not with my Trace 410. with the 410 and the modlulus I prefer the yba200s tube goodness.
|El-Bob ||10-15-2013 10:39 AM |
Active Warwick (pickups in series) into solid-state Gallien Krueger 400rb. Crank the boost and the master, bump up the mids, cut the treble and adjust lows for the room.... dang bro, that's some tone.
|Yango ||10-15-2013 10:47 AM |
Active and hybrid (tube pre/ss power)... MM StingrayŚMesa Walkabout or MB Fusion 500.
|bassgod0dmw ||10-15-2013 12:06 PM |
Today? I prefer full tube and active.
Tomorrow? Probably something different, I have a variety of all of the above and use all of it. I absolutely love my SS amps, but the tubes have been getting the work lately. Same with the basses, I love my passives but the actives have been getting the gigs recently.
|Flaked Beans ||10-15-2013 12:16 PM |
|Webtroll ||10-15-2013 12:21 PM |
My best tones have been from tube amps, hybrids are okay, and solid state an easy 3rd place. Same for active and passive. Best tone I ever had was a P with EMGs into an 80s SVT powering 2 2X15 "baby SVT" cabs. Responsive, full range, punchy bottom, grind for days, and enough power to demolish buildings.
|Thrash3r ||10-15-2013 12:21 PM |
I'm not at all picky, my 76 P is active, MP Jazz is passive, I love the tone of both of them, head is hybrid but I'll happily play through a SS or Tube head.
|Flabass ||10-15-2013 01:11 PM |
Use both active and passive in my ss and hybrid amps. Just depends on what moves me at the time.
|macmanlou ||10-15-2013 01:30 PM |
Passive - VT Bass pedal - Solid State
|BassNoobSuomi ||10-15-2013 01:35 PM |
|gregmon79 ||10-15-2013 01:45 PM |
I prefer solid state and active. Passive is just too "soft" for me, not aggressive enough. But then again I don't have years of exp with passive passes. Same with tubes amps. If I did my opinion may be different. So I stick with what I know, active electronics and solid state heads. Haven't failed me yet. I really do want an all tube head one of these days though for sure.
|thebassbuilder ||10-15-2013 02:00 PM |
These days all Active basses.
When not using my iPhone for sound, I use my Carvin B1000 (first gen) that is a hybrid amp through a SWR 2X12 Cab.
When selecting solid state or tube, it just depends on the song and tone I am after.
|kcole4001 ||10-15-2013 03:33 PM |
passive bass, hybrid amp, and amp's DI to the PA.
Nothing less, nothing more.
|Solarmist ||10-15-2013 05:57 PM |
I totally prefer an active bass - especially on the 5ers. I have one passive bass that I rarely play, but will never sell ... it's special.
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