active or pasive

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by veggieboy, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. active electronics

    27 vote(s)
  2. pasive electronics

    12 vote(s)
  3. it doesn't mater

    13 vote(s)
  1. what do you prefer???
  2. All things being equal I prefer passive. I just like simplicity. Also, take a good passive bass with a good tone, add an outboard pre-amp and there's your active bass; Mr. Battery craps out and you can still play.

    Mike J.
  3. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I prefer passive over active anyday.
  4. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Depends on the sound, and depends on the bass. Active, passive, whatever. Does it SOUND good?
  5. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    one of each, at least...
  6. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    I picked active simply because thats what I use now. However... it really depends. I DOES matter... Some passive basses rock the house down... some don't. Same thing with Active basses. It really depends on the bass and the person
  7. s_boy


    Mar 16, 2002
    gloucester, nc
    i like passive p/ups... but i like active eq. that is what i play. the eq is the weak link for the tone in my opinion as long as you have decent p/ups.
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Whatever. I don't really care as long as the bass sounds good. I have actives and passives, and I like them all, except for the Soundgear.
  9. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I have both but get more versatility out of my active. Thus, I picked active.
  10. DarkMazda


    Jun 3, 2000
    It's all personal. People like what they hear. So go out there and try them! Don't take other's words because it is all personal.

  11. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France

    All the best,
  12. Whatever does it for you!!!

    I have two permanently active basses, two switchable pacssive/active basses and a completely passive bass. I'm actually looking at adding a pssive bass to my collection right now. It's all about sounds - if they get the sound you want doesn't matter if they're active or passive.

    Generally though, I play the active ones - and where I play the ones with the option, they're on active mode!
  13. I'm with Mike J on this one. I prefer simplicity. If I want to adjust for tone, I'll do that through an outboard, effects, or my amp. Too many knobs and switches and I get all confused.
  14. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Both for sure! My spector american active because of the awsome power i get from it! Great for slap and funk! But i love my 92 warwick corvette pass because she is so sweet sounding! Great for jazz. But i love my 67 fender pass because she has her own sound all together!
  15. Dr.SixString


    Apr 30, 2002
    Exactly, I had a custom passive 6 with barts (passive soapbars) and it was gorgeous. Also my old Fenders sound great. However, I voted for active because almost all of my basses are active :).
  16. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Hey guys and gals,

    When is the juice being sucked out of the battery, when it's plugged in and the amp is on OR just when a cord is plugged into the guitar? Just curious...
  17. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    With most basses, the batery drains when the cord is in the bass's output jack.

    I voted actice, because its great to be able to have a frequency curve in one direction without taking away from the tone. For example: Id rather dial in some boost on my bass knobs, than cut the treble from a passive bass. I feel like Im not losing anything from the sound as I would when cutting the trebble on a passive bass, and on a good pre-amp, it sounds organic and full.

    On the other hand, it really stinks to depend on a batery, and be screwed when it cuts out in the middle of a gig. Thats why I love my G&L. Its got an active/passive switch, and separate bass and trebble knobs for passive mode, unlike some preamps which dont even feature a passive trebble cut on their passive circuits.

    The G&L is a great bass for those who like the sounds of both active and passive basses, especially if you are unsure about reliability.

  18. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I need the actives to satisfy my need to tweak. I hate dead or dying batteries though and wish I could have an on-off switch put in. My Cirrus drains batteries quickly. I would be satisfied with a Roscoe Beck 5 if I was forced to go passive.