Active Bass's

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sargent_duck, Sep 20, 2002.

  1. sargent_duck

    sargent_duck Guest

    Sep 11, 2002
    Alo Alo, Sorry again for the silly question but I have just bought an ibanez ATK and it's my first active bass, and to be honest am a bit confused on the difference, (apart from the battery)?????so sorry again for the dumb question.
  2. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Active basses in general means a bass with an onboard preamp. Sometimes pickups can be active as well. The preamp allows for a boost/cut on different frequencies (exactly like the preamp built into your amplifier). Also, pickup output is buffered within the electronics, which allows for blending of pickups without any electronic interference between them. This is especially useful on basses with two single coil jazz pickups IMO.

    It's no "better" than passive, just different. I think most players prefer "active" basses but there are still many who prefer "passive" ones where the wires go straight to the jack (or through a volume pot and a variable high-cut capacitor aka tone control). I fall in the latter category.