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active pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Zack, Mar 23, 2001.

  1. Zack


    Jan 25, 2001
    I am shopping around for a new bass, and am wondering the advantages/disadvantages to buying one with active pickups. I have a SWR 750 Goliath amp...is there a bass that complements this amp? I'm not too experienced with basses, so any help would be appreciated.
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Me? I wouldn't base my decision on active vs. passive pups. I have basses with both because either CAN sound very good (and either can sound not so good).

    Actives generally give you higher output and if the battery/batteries go dead during a performance, all the active basses I know of can simply be switched over to passive with the pull of a knob of the flip of a switch.

    Actives generally have a more "modern," "full," sound, IMO. But, then that is only as good as the amp/DI you have it connected to.

    I would definitely give both a try. I think it really depends on the bass/the skill of the person who designed or built the bass.
  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Sounds right to me.

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