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active or passive?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brandonwhite, Jan 7, 2002.

  1. brandonwhite


    Jan 2, 2002
    My first bass was an Ibanez Ergodyne EDC 700. I love it. It is also an active bass. I was just wondering what the difference between an active and a passive is and which one is better for alternative music?
  2. Actually the EDC is both.. it has passive pickups with an active EQ/pre-amp.

    Passive VS active is a matter of personal preference. Personally i like active, coz it sounds fuller.

    but others swear it by passive...
  3. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    ...which would make it an ACTIVE bass, right? Unless it has a switch that bypasses the preamp.

    To answer the question, I can't make such broad generalisations. I'd rather take a good passive bass than a bass with a crappy preamp. Likewise I would rather take a decent active than a crappy passive.

    All things being equal between an active and a passive bass, I still don't know. I think a good preamp set flat should perfectly preserve the tone of the bass in passive mode, just like the F basses are said to do. If that's not the case and there's too much "colour" going on which I don't like, I'd take the passive. OTOH, if the preamp's colour is a good-sounding one, I don't mind.

    Lately I've transformed from a "tweak-master" to more of a "set-it-and-forget-it"-kind of guy, so if the bass has a preamp, I don't think I would touch it.

    So I don't know. Whatever.

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