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Active / Passive + Tube / Solid State?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dje31, Oct 15, 2013.

Active / Passive + Tube / Solid State?

Poll closed Nov 15, 2013.
  1. Passive / Tube

    52 vote(s)
  2. Passive / Solid State

    36 vote(s)
  3. Active / Tube

    22 vote(s)
  4. Active / Solid State

    36 vote(s)
  5. DI / PA

    9 vote(s)
  6. 'Taters & 'Maters

    13 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Here's one I haven't seen in my time at talkbass. Knowing and glossing over the fact that there are tons of variables ( pick vs. fingers; flat vs. round; stainless vs nickel; wood types on bodies, necks and fingerboards; bolt-on vs thru; studio vs. live; musical style; astrological signs, etc.), what is your preference?

    Active or Passive Bass?

    - and -

    Tube vs Solid State Amp?

    Feel free to comment or expand as you see fit.

    Thanks for playing the 'Feud!
  2. Couldn't pick anyone of those, because i use passive basses and hybrid amp(Marshall DBS 7200).
  3. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I use nitro to make the motor more powerful, and Polly wants a cracker.
  4. The Celestials

    The Celestials

    Jul 1, 2013

    I honestly prefer what I call a "my dark, cold tone". I don't go for a warm, full, funky, midrange-y tone. I want it to be deep, mysterious, and dark sounding. :bag:

    Just my 2 cents...
  5. i choose passive/solid state but passive and hybrid is good for me too.RIC 4003/Eden WT550 :bassist:
  6. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    If it comes right down to it, I like active or passive into a good tube amp. Not always the best choice for load-in/out, but if weight wasn't an issue I'd go tube all the way.

    I do love the sound of my actives AND passives through my GK MB200 though, worth noting IMO :bassist:
  7. Depends on the bass, amp and cabinet combination. I like my active modulus thru SS but only with 2, 210s and not with my Trace 410. with the 410 and the modlulus I prefer the yba200s tube goodness.
  8. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    Active Warwick (pickups in series) into solid-state Gallien Krueger 400rb. Crank the boost and the master, bump up the mids, cut the treble and adjust lows for the room.... dang bro, that's some tone.
  9. Yango


    Apr 14, 2008
    Active and hybrid (tube pre/ss power)... MM Stingray—Mesa Walkabout or MB Fusion 500.
  10. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Today? I prefer full tube and active.

    Tomorrow? Probably something different, I have a variety of all of the above and use all of it. I absolutely love my SS amps, but the tubes have been getting the work lately. Same with the basses, I love my passives but the actives have been getting the gigs recently.
  11. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Voted passive/tube..


  12. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    My best tones have been from tube amps, hybrids are okay, and solid state an easy 3rd place. Same for active and passive. Best tone I ever had was a P with EMGs into an 80s SVT powering 2 2X15 "baby SVT" cabs. Responsive, full range, punchy bottom, grind for days, and enough power to demolish buildings.
  13. Thrash3r


    Aug 5, 2013
    I'm not at all picky, my 76 P is active, MP Jazz is passive, I love the tone of both of them, head is hybrid but I'll happily play through a SS or Tube head.
  14. Flabass


    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    Use both active and passive in my ss and hybrid amps. Just depends on what moves me at the time.
  15. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    Passive - VT Bass pedal - Solid State
  16. Active/toob
  17. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I prefer solid state and active. Passive is just too "soft" for me, not aggressive enough. But then again I don't have years of exp with passive passes. Same with tubes amps. If I did my opinion may be different. So I stick with what I know, active electronics and solid state heads. Haven't failed me yet. I really do want an all tube head one of these days though for sure.
  18. thebassbuilder


    Mar 7, 2012
    Spartanburg SC
    guitar builder, Meyers Guitars
    These days all Active basses.
    When not using my iPhone for sound, I use my Carvin B1000 (first gen) that is a hybrid amp through a SWR 2X12 Cab.

    When selecting solid state or tube, it just depends on the song and tone I am after.
  19. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    passive bass, hybrid amp, and amp's DI to the PA.
    Nothing less, nothing more.
  20. I totally prefer an active bass - especially on the 5ers. I have one passive bass that I rarely play, but will never sell ... it's special.

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