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Precision Basses with Active Preamps

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by alexlocurto, Feb 25, 2013.


  1. alexlocurto

    alexlocurto

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    Why are there no pure Precision basses with active preamps? They're all PJs. The Jazz does it, so do Musicman basses.
     
  2. temmrich

    temmrich Supporting Member

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    Build your own.
    Have a warmoth P bass with an audere preamp.
    And Sandberg does it. California VS
     
  3. danomite64

    danomite64 Supporting Member

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    You are wrong. Fender made two active Precisions; the Special from '80-'82, and the Elite in '83.
     
  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    Yes. I had an all- walnut Precision Special. I believe it was a 1983. Active, just a P pickup.
     
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  6. cfsporn

    cfsporn

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    Apparently my P Elite has an active preamp. Not sure if it counts as the layout is still mostly an enigma to me and it has two split coil P pickups.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. deeptubes

    deeptubes

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    Had an '81 P Special. Still have an '84 P Elite II. Great basses!
     
  8. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

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    Pop a P-Retro pre into any passive P bass, and there you go.....
     
  9. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

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    Totally unnecessary in a good P bass -- IMHO!
     
  10. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

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    I have an EMG PX in this one. Sounds good and is yet another flavor of P. Had my tech rout a rear cavity for the battery, otherwise it's a PITA to get at.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass ****

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    This is why you don't see too many active P basses without a second(bridge) pickup.
     
  12. Davo-London

    Davo-London

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    It seems a little incongrous to take the world's most popular and simplest bass and put in active electronics. However, that shouldn't stop you!

    I was looking at the Alembic basses last night and the 12 control knobs and switches, thinking: I like a bit of control but that's waaaaay too much.

    All part of the fun.

    Davo
     
  13. grenadilla

    grenadilla

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    Your beautiful Precision seems to have the regular two-knob control setup. Would the stacked bass=treble control be better? Does your bass have a bypass or work with a dead battery? I want to make my Precision active also.
     
  14. Grateful

    Grateful Supporting Member

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    ^^^^This^^^^
     
  15. BFunk

    BFunk Gold Supporting Member

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    I have the urge to try the john east p-retro. It seems like a very well designed item. However, I've noticed that a lot of guys who installed them pull them out later. The most comon reason seems to be that it takes away from from the K.I.S.S. vibe of the P-bass.
     
  16. pbassnut

    pbassnut Supporting Member

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    A fellow bassist kindly let me play his walnut Precision Special at a jam one time and it was a killer playing, sounding and looking bass. I like how they have a bypass for the active circuit which gives you the traditional P sound we all know and love, but allows you to put it on steroids with the flick of a switch.
     
  17. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

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    Yup, I agree.
    I have an '82 Precision Special and I dislike the pre with the single P pickup. In the active position it's so spikey and it can shred glass, very harsh. So it always stays in the passive position.
     
  18. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

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    No bypass. Dead battery = dead bass. I'm happy with the controls the way they are. I happen to like most EMG stuff and consider this pickup to be an upgrade over the stock one. It still sounds like a P bass but definitely different than my other ones.

    Is active necessary? Of course not. Just another flavor of P bass, that's all.
     
  19. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

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    Is that the one with the rechargable battery that uses a wall wart? If so, I could understand not liking it.
     
  20. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

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    FWIW, the P-Retro preamp has passive bypass and works just fine on a dead battery.....

    Great true-bypass passive tone if you want it, extra active kick at your fingers if you need it, and no modifications necessary. Its a win-win.
     
  21. BFunk

    BFunk Gold Supporting Member

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    I have been using an Xotic Bass RC booster with my passive P. This pedal works really well with precisions IMO. I gives a very good active sound, a little more higs, a little more lows, and cleaner low mids.
     

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