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Yamaha RBX-375 question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dogwillhunt80, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. dogwillhunt80


    Apr 13, 2012
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    I was offering to trade my acoustic/electric Epiphone El Capitan for a fully electric bass and I got an offer for a Yamaha RBX-375.

    While the reviews seem great, one thing I've noticed is that it takes batteries for some reason.

    What would a fully electric bass need batteries for? I tried to find this online but couldn't find an answer. I know that for my acoustic/electric bass, it takes batteries for the pick-up but I can't see why it would on a regular electric bass.

    Could anyone give me insight to this? Thanks.
  2. Bassy Mark

    Bassy Mark

    Sep 28, 2013
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    Active electronics.
  3. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2013
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    Active basses typically have a built-in preamp and EQ circuitry that has boost as well as cut.
  4. awilkie84


    Jul 16, 2011
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    Active EQ, passive pickups. Personally, I had one of these for about a week & returned it. They feel cheap, the EQ isn't that great and I couldn't get the thing set up well, even with 2 luthiers looking at it. :( I would pass on it.

    There are also acoustic basses that don't need batteries. It all depends on the type of pickup used.

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