Active and passive?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bluefishgd, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. bluefishgd


    Oct 26, 2002
    Rhode Island
    i've gone for a year and a half playing bass and i still don't get what the difference between an active bass and a passive bass is. I know it has something to do with the pickups.
  2. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    An active bass has an onboard(installed on the bass) preamp. Passives basses do not. Also active basses are battery powered.
  3. Bazzist


    Dec 7, 2002
    Nova Scotia
    An active bass will have knobs for bass and treble and sometimes middle while passive only has tone.
  4. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    With an active bass you can actually boost or cut the treble, mids, bass, etc. While with passive you can only cut the signal.
  5. demolition

    demolition Guest

    Jul 5, 2003
    A year and a half ? thats a pretty basic piece of info,do you have an instructor to assist you ?
    if not this is a good place to start.