Does U-Retro preamp work with active pu's?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bongostealth, Jan 13, 2013.


  1. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

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    I'm considering a U-Retro preamp. I have active pickups. Will this work? The U-Retro product description doesn't say whether this will work with active pickups.

    If so, where would I wire the red battery lead wires?
  2. John East

    John East

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    Yes, U-Retro will work well with active pickups.

    Do your pickups have a screen, white and red wires?

    If so:

    * Screen: Cold/Ground pickup input, or can be grounded centrally if more convenient.

    * White: Hot pickup input.

    * Red: Splice into red battery wire of the retro in order that the pickups are powered on/off with the preamp.

    I'm assuming it's a unit without passive tone, as the value of our passive tones is designed for passive pickups.
  3. Cutty

    Cutty

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    Your always there to help us out John,i use your retros and love them,you friend from west wales,Cheers.
  4. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

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    Well, I have purchased the U-Retro Deluxe. So, the passive tone control will not work with active pickups?
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