a little help?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by motherfunker, May 1, 2002.

  1. motherfunker


    Apr 29, 2002
    New York
    oh god, this is embarassing...so here goes...What's the difference between Active and passive basses? :(
  2. jvasquez18


    Sep 23, 2000
    S.E. 323, 13
    one has good self esteem.
  3. dmaki


    Apr 29, 2000
    An active bass has pickups and/or a preamp that require a power source (typically 9V or 18V), whereas a passive bass does not require a power source. Neither is neccesarily better or worse.

  4. hey, it's not embarassing as trying drop D tuning and tuning UP instead of down, and then the googly eyes you get from the sales people asking you how did you break the old set when you buy new strings.

    anyway, a Passive bass requires no electricity to run, while an active bass will have a preamp or "Hot" (or high output) pickups, that require a 9-volt battery (or sometimes even multiple 9-volts) to make the preamps, pickups or whatever work.

    hope that answers your question
  5. motherfunker


    Apr 29, 2002
    New York
    ummm...thanks 12 year old Bass Progidy type guy! :D