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Active or Passive

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jose1212, Jan 4, 2002.


  1. jose1212

    jose1212

    Jan 4, 2002
    PA
    Hello i was just wondering what is the difference between active and passive basses i have a fender p-bass and i am not sure what mine is? thanks for the help
    -Josh
     
  2. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    Most likely it is passive; however, there are many models of P bass. Could you be a little more specific?
     
  3. old_skool

    old_skool

    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    its probally passive. is there a small rectangel cut out of the back of your bass with a small plastic cover. if there is take it off and see if theres a battery. also check under the pickguard.
     
  4. Why I'm answering this I don't know but I thought I might have a go before someone else steps in. An active bass has an onboard pre-amp, which you can use to change the sound of the bass with all those pretty knobs. Passive doesn't. YOU CAN'T LEAVE AN ACTIVE BASS WITH THE LEAD IN BECAUSE THE BATTERY WILL GO DOWN FAST!!
     
  5. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
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