Active P bass - your experience?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Snarf, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Snarf

    Snarf Suspended

    Jan 23, 2005
    I'm thinking about getting some routing done and adding a preamp to my MIM p bass. I feel like that will really bring out the upper register out of the mud. Also, Ric Fierabracci did the same thing to his P bass, with amazing results. What experience do you folks have with a 3-band preamp in a precision environment, with only the single split-coil pickup?
  2. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    never played a active pbass but if your getting mud, then a simple solution would be to drop a better pickup in there..

    But a active P could be interesting.... Go for it and by all means post some pics and samples.

    What pickup did you have in mind for the alteration?
  3. Snarf

    Snarf Suspended

    Jan 23, 2005
    I was thinking a Bart P pickup and an Aguilar OBP-3 with push-pull active/passive.
  4. Earwigger

    Earwigger I'm a Roland man now.

    Aug 23, 2005
    Cleveland, Ohio
    The Bart P is rather dark sounding. It has a clear low end that's prevalent and a slightly better high-end then the normal mexican Fender fare, but it's not going to make a huge amount of high end come through.

    I say keep the default pickup and let the preamp do the work. Boost the treble on an OBP 3 and you should get the sound you want.
  5. lovemybasses

    lovemybasses Guest

    Mar 4, 2007
    call me whatever - but for me, P needs to be passive!
  6. lovemybasses

    lovemybasses Guest

    Mar 4, 2007
    .... maybe you should work with outb. preamp, or DI and bit of compression to get sound you like.
  7. getting a quarter pound could help too to get a more compressed sound
  8. Snarf

    Snarf Suspended

    Jan 23, 2005
    I actually don't want much treble. I'm looking to bring out the upper register of the instrument, which means more mids, and less sparkly highs. And I'd rather not use outboard, I want this to be part of the bass. Outboard is just too inconvenient for me.

    My sound on my Roscoe is mid-heavy but little treble, so think the typical New York electric jazz sound, but with less treble. I want something that comes a little closer to that on my P, simply because I do a lot of soloing, and with the stock electronics the upper register just disappears. Do you think the kind of sound I'm describing is achievable with a pickup change and the addition of the preamp? Would a bridge pickup be necessary?
  9. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Yep, I agree
    P stands for PASSIVE!!!