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2 Basses - 1 AMP - different volume

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Heavy_E, Oct 28, 2002.

  1. Heavy_E


    Jul 2, 2002
    Perhaps I should post this in "AMPS" however, I will try it here first.

    I play an Ibanez BTB515 and it has passive pickups. A friend of mine has a Fender Jazz Bass that is NOT passive. If we both play through my SWR LA15 (separatly) His volume is always louder than mine, yet we are at the same volume settings. Any thoughts about this?

  2. Yeah, active electronics usually have more output (or headroom) IMO. My active Carvin LB75 is louder than my passive Reverend Rumblefish. Of course, you can turn down the level of the active electronics.
  3. DarkMazda


    Jun 3, 2000
    Either that, or you should check your pickup heights as well... higher pickups = louder

  4. superphat


    Sep 30, 2001
    yeah, in general (but not always) active electronics means hotter output.

    i played a MIM deluxe jazz once, it played like crap. mostly cuz it was set up badly.
    but it was one of the loudest bass i've ever heard.
  5. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    The BTB is active.

    Passive pickups with an active preamp I should say.

    I believe it is the same with all active Fender Jazz models.

    Check the PU height.

    Even if they are the same, its just a simple truth that some pickups have more output.

    Its not better or worse, just different.

  6. Perhaps you friend has a heavier touch to his playing?

    Mike J.

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