active or passive?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dannmann678, Jun 1, 2004.

  1. dannmann678


    May 5, 2004
    how do u tell if ur bass is an active bass or a passive bass????????
  2. dannmann678


    May 5, 2004
    jeez people im not tryin to sound stupiud or funny i just dont know...
  3. If you require are active.
  4. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    im a little confused here too. there are active pkups and active eq?? but an active onboard eq doesnt sets the pkups on active mode???

    I've got a bass with active pkups and this just rises up the volume a little
  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    please read this pickups faq thread:

    You can have:
    passive pickups, passive eq (i.e just a tone control)
    passive pickups, active eq (bass/mid/treb)
    active pickups, passive eq (i.e. EMG pickups with just a tone control)
    active pickups, active eq (i.e. EMG pickups plus EMG BTC control)

    Running passive pickups through a preamp does not make the pickups active. Passive pickups and preamp is the most common active implementation, as it generally lets you bypass the preamp in case the preamp / battery dies or if you just prefer the passive tone.