Active or Passive pickups: How to tell? Active or Passive pickups: How to tell? I've been searching various websites and looking at basses and it's not always clear if the pickups are active or passive. Sometimes they describe the bass as having active electronics or an active eq, does this always mean the pickups are also active? Unless the description says passive or active pickups, can it be safe to say that the pickups are passive? If not, is there a surefire way to determine if the pickups are active or passive? Thanks.