Active, Passive?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Davidoc, Sep 8, 2000.

  1. New to the bass and wondering what the difference is between active and passive pickups.
  2. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    There are passive basses and active basses, with the latter being accomplished in two ways-

    Passive you know; no preamp anywhere, just pickups (and vols/treble cut usually) to jack. Active refers to a preamp being present in the circuit.

    Active pickups is when a preamp is integrated into the pickup housing itself - a few mfrs. make them.

    Plain old generic 'active' is when the passive pickups' output is fed to an on-board preamp in the control cavity of the bass.
  3. All I needed to know