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Active SCPB? Does one exist? Are they possible?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by knucklehead G, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. This is something I've had in my head for a while.. is it possible to have an active single-coil P bass pickup? '51 style. Not a passive pickup and active electronics, but a fully active system is what I'm looking for.

    I've tried Google and the forum search and come up empty handed a few times, so I figured I'd just ask.
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    I can't think of one. Active pickups are very uncommon anyway. EMG mostly, a few Barts and Duncans, that's pretty much it.
  3. I don't think I've ever seen an active SCPB.

    And you would need a rear-route, or a very very tiny preamp.
  4. Why on earth would you want such a thing?
  5. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
  6. It wouldn't be going on a '51. I'm laying out a build and had picked two active soapbars that I like the sound of, but I'd like to stick a P between them. I think the SCPB would be nice since I could switch between modern soapbars and vintagey P, and as far as I know you can't wire active and passive pickups together.
  7. If you add in a buffer for the passive to lower it's output impedance, you can.
  8. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Why? What would you hope to achieve? What could an active single-coil pickup offer you that a passive counterpart could not, aside from the buffer for use with longer cables?

    I think that if you tried to add the internal pre and buffer, you would likely just make the 60-cycle hum more prominent and annoying.
  9. I just wasn't aware I could wire active and passive together, that is the only reason I wanted an active SCPB.
  10. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Nope. Impossible. Completely impossible.

  11. Yes, it absolutely cannot be done!
    Anyone that suggests it can is a fool! Don't let anyone tell you that you can do it, because you cannot!
    It is impossible! Give up right now!

    Ok guys, I'm off to my new job as a motivational speaker.:bag:
  12. LowB-ing


    Aug 3, 2005

    So, these guys are hiring you, then? ;)
  13. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Do want.
  14. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Inactive Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Use an EMG S or SA pickup.
    It's a stacked single coil and has a blade pole piece so it will work fine on a bass.
    The S uses a ceramic magnet, and the SA uses an alnico.

    And yes, you can wire a passive pickups to a preamp or buffer.
  15. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    I was going to suggest the EMG strat pickups as well.
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