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active or passive?

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


  1. dannmann678

    dannmann678

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

    dannmann678

    May 5, 2004
    jeez people im not tryin to sound stupiud or funny i just dont know...
     
  3. If you require batteries...you 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: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=111547

    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.