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Active bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by John-Paul666, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. So I'm goin to buy a new bass but I'm thinking of going active. Can anyone point out the advantages and disadvantages of an active bass.
  2. Pros: It's louder and you have onboard EQ

    Con: Some people say that the Jazz and P bass sound is best in it's passive state.

    I have an active Fender Jazz and I love it. There are a ton of tones in it.
  3. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger Commercial User

    Sep 22, 2005
    Not Mars
    The Overlord of Nordstrand Pickups
    Pro: options

    Con: lack of simplicity

    I have both and like both.
  4. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    I have a BC Rich Eagle with EMG active pups. I've played that bass for 10 years and it seems like a constant fuss to get a sound that is not brittle. For many things I could hardly use my G string, it was just too bright.

    Then about 8 months ago I got a '76 Rickenbacker, and I have no problem getting a fine sound. It has that capacitor removed and the bass end is HUGE.

    With just these two basses as my comparison, I'd have to say that the passive Rick pups give a warmer richer sound and more evenly matched from string to string. And.... it seems just as loud, if not louder than the active EMG's. (YMMV)

    BTW, I had the same kind of strings on both basses and used the same amp and cab.