Corvette rockbass active vs passive

Discussion in 'Warwick Basses' started by Scramblur, Dec 31, 2012.


  1. Scramblur

    Scramblur

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    Need some help in decidinb between active and passive on this bass.

    From what I read, people seem to lean towards active.

    Was wondering if anyone could speak to it more, particually in regards to this instrument?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

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    We’ll like you can imagine it’s personal preference as far as a description the active pickups with active preamp will have a more clean sound more modern like EMG with the ability to cut and add highs and lows. To me an active preamp is what I like and active pickups are my sound.

    Passive will sound a bit more traditional and actually passive pickups with a passive EQ section will have its own advantages. One not needing any batteries and worrying about voltage drops. Also passive systems will work well with amps that may have a sensitive preamp section and definitely work better with effects. The hotter signal from active systems can sometimes overdrive the front end of an amp and make a SS amp sound dirty in not such a great way. Some effects running at 9 volts especially without a ton of headroom can get over-driven by active systems and engineers generally find a more usable recording signal with passive it’s what more are more used to.

    That aside without a doubt I’m an active guy I like the flexibility and on board active system can offer and I like a clean clear signal from my bass. My pedals and amp and cabs give me any color I’m looking for. I just think active systems sound better clearer and that’s what I like but grant you these are generalizations not absolutes you have to do some field research on your own.

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