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Active P-bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Jan 16, 2014.


  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I played a Fender P5 that was modded with a Bartolini pickup and two-band preamp. The salesman told that bass was a monster, and he was not blowing smoke! The preamp gave the classic P- bass tone a nice active or modern edge and it really lived up the slap tone while still keeping the Precision identity. This has got me thinking about ordering Carvin PB5 with active electronics and just the split pickup. That said, Carvin prices are so low, it is hard not to throw in the Jazz pickup too.
     
  2. REMBO

    REMBO Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2011
    Connecticut
    If it sounds good.....go for it!!
     
  3. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    I've only owned one Carvin, an SB5000, but I've been very impressed with the build quality, the playability, and the tone. It's a keeper, for me.

    If I were in the market for a five-string P, I'd definitely consider the Carvin.
     
  4. Active and P-bass are two words that should never find their way into the same sentence. :eek:
     
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  6. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    MKE
    A valid point of view. However, a great P bass sound offers even more options through the right preamp. I've really enjoyed John East and Nordy preamps on my P's. Of course, playing them passive was another whole range of sounds.
     
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    I'm love the Jamerson type of tone, but I prefer a brighter P-bass tone like Byron Miller with George Duke or Robin Duhe with Frankie Beverly and Maze. Active electronics work just fine in those contexts.
     
  8. Just joking around, Doc. :) I do prefer passive, though.
     
  9. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada
    Greetings from the North,

    I'm still diggin the John East P-Retro in my 08 P5. It still keeps the stock passive P tone but when I want some extra oomph it's there.

    Rezdog
     
  10. JustForSport

    JustForSport

    Nov 17, 2011
    like fretless and P ?
     
  11. Luckydog

    Luckydog

    Dec 25, 1999
    My Sadowsky PJ (in straight P mode most of the time) is my go-to
     
  12. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That's the advantage of a PJ setup. You can always just go P.
     
  13. emblymouse

    emblymouse Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W' Sconsin
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist Lakland**Bag End**Schroeder
    My 50th Anniversary P Bass is way hotter/louder than any active 4 or 5 I own. That said, I've been eyeing the P pre listed in the classifieds. I am putting together a fretless P (there, said it) and ya never know.....could be fun!
     
  14. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The cheapskate in me wonders how a Squier P5 would sound with new pickups and a two band preamp?
     
  15. DannyBob

    DannyBob

    Aug 28, 2013
    UK
    I once played a P bass with active EMGs and that sounded alright? Why is everyone complaining about it being together...
     
  16. bassfreakah

    bassfreakah

    Mar 26, 2011
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist Ernie ball strings
    I have a fury with a active EMG-X and it really sounds great!!!!!!!!! it sounds the same as passive but has more air and punch, and the tone control is useful throughout its entire range. Great upgrade!!!! Made a useful bass more.......
     
  17. See post #1.
     
  18. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I have no problem 'activating' any bass, including precisions. I don't 'play treble', but I do prefer a brighter tonal range than most players. I say go for it and don't pay any attention to those who would label it heresy. :rollno: