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Switched from Active to Passive

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kerrycares, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    After years of playing active basses I recently went back to a passive set up and have been really pleased with the results.

    I play through an in ear system and the active system and light combination was creating unwanted noise.

    I converted my 70's Jazz 5 with Lindy Fralins and Bartolini pre over to a 60's stack knob configuration and run through a Countryman Active DI to the board.

    Sounds great,no noise and no fear of battery failure.

    It will be interesting to see if I miss the preamp the next time I have to play directly into an amp.

    Thanks to my bass buddies that helped me get rid of the noise and land in a really good place.

    Happy Holidays!
  2. Welcome to the club. I did the same thing a few years ago... sold my active Washburn bass and bought passive basses from that time on. The primary reason was fear of battery failure in the middle of a set - and I just like to keep my rig simple. Of course, its a personal preference. I would never suggest to someone who prefers active basses to go passive.
  3. Passive for me...and I agree it keeps things simple, but I also think there is a unique quality with passive...

  4. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    For sure passive basses have a more organic sound. That said, both of my pedalboards have an outboard preamp.
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  6. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Had to make one small modification to my "pre wired " harness that was grounding out and giving me no sound. It's all good now.
  7. Is that the bass in your profile picture? Gorgeous.
  8. Rickenbass


    Oct 14, 2013
    I play both and have no issues transitioning between them. I own primarily single coil Rickenbackers, so I'm no stranger to noise. For the record, I own a few humbucking Rickenbackers as well.My active bass is a Spector NS2.

    My first foray into active basses was on a Modulus Q5 a few years back. Nice bass but I found I did not "need" the low B. Tone wise the bass was a monster and needed to be EQ'ed differently from my Rickenbackers. Louder? Yes. Better tones? Not so much but that is a subjective question/answer.

    Right now my Spector and my Rickenbackers coexist harmoniously in my arsenal. I do tend to favor the sound of a passive pick up. For me a bigger learning curve was more frets and a longer scale on the Spector!

  9. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Interesting. How many of you play with a light touch? I am kinda heavy handed, but considering a change to a light touch, and while I play passive, active seems, to me, to work better when I use a light touch.
  10. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    I tend to play with a medium to heavy touch, a compressor helps even things out, especially with active basses. I play passives 95% of the time.
  11. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    That is he , the Red Rooster!

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