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active pickups or active circuit

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Cisco Kid, Jul 3, 2003.


  1. Cisco Kid

    Cisco Kid

    Sep 27, 2001
    London
    can someone explain to me the differences, and what are the advantages or disadvantages of each please?

    thank you.
     
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    check the TalkBass FAQ here
     
  3. Well...as far as I know, active preamps can be bypassed(when used with passive pickups) and active pickups, are in requirement of a battery all the time..
     
  4. Cisco Kid

    Cisco Kid

    Sep 27, 2001
    London
    okay, yea thats what i "picked up" (haha not funny i know) from the links, thanks to the people that posted them :)

    if a bass has active pre-amp,and passive pickups that doesnt always mean that youll be able to switch between active and passive tho does it? it just depends if the bass comes with that option right?
     
  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Exactly, it still needs to be wired with that option - usually as a switch or a push/pull on the volume bot.

    Some basses don't have that option - Musicman Stingrays for example - and are always active.
     
  6. Cisco Kid

    Cisco Kid

    Sep 27, 2001
    London
    okay, thanks for the help :)

    im going to look at a 4-string warwick corvette in bubinga tomorrow :D :bassist: