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Active to Passive, What do I need?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Tylerrr51, Apr 19, 2010.


  1. Tylerrr51

    Tylerrr51

    Nov 28, 2009
    Milford, CT
    Hello, I've been modding my cheap Ibanez GSR200 and want to replace the active P+J pickups with passive pickups. Ive never changed pickups before and would like a list of ALL the parts I need to buy in order to make it passive. What do i need to buy to make it a passive? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Labi

    Labi

    Jun 14, 2006
    The pickups on a GSR200 are active?!
     
  3. Tylerrr51

    Tylerrr51

    Nov 28, 2009
    Milford, CT
    Whoops, the on board pre amp is active. there were earlier models without that i think.
     
  4. I can almost guaruntee you that the ibanez pickups will be passive but the preamp is what is listed as active. What you can do to check is take the battery out and connect the pickups direct to the jack this will tell u if they work without the preamp.

    if i'm right then all you'll need to make passive is to take out the preamp and install whatever passive tone system you want, volume volume tone, volume/tone volume/tone etc
     
  5. You are going to have to be more descriptive.

    The parts you need depend on the parts you want.

    What control configuration did you want?
     
  6. Tylerrr51

    Tylerrr51

    Nov 28, 2009
    Milford, CT
    Hah you saved me big time, you were completely right about the active pre-amp, thanks a bunch.
     
  7. Tylerrr51

    Tylerrr51

    Nov 28, 2009
    Milford, CT
    Volume, volume, tone. sorry about that.
     
  8. Ok, personally, I would go with:

    Two 250K or 500K linear taper pots. (Volumes)
    One 250K or 500K audio taper pot. (Tone)
    One 0.047uF capacitor.
     
  9. Tylerrr51

    Tylerrr51

    Nov 28, 2009
    Milford, CT
    Thanks line6man, im new to this stuff and i appreciate your patience.
     
  10. all you need is some good pots, or just buy a good jazz bass wiring kit, 250k is usually a little warmer sounding while 500k gives more high end bite when fully open, you could also experiment with series/parallel wiring if you're interested.
     
  11. Tylerrr51

    Tylerrr51

    Nov 28, 2009
    Milford, CT
    About the jazz bass wiring kit, thats going to work fine with a p+j set?
     
  12. Labi

    Labi

    Jun 14, 2006
    +1

    JazzBassControlAssemblyBack.
     
  13. Labi

    Labi

    Jun 14, 2006
    Absolutely. Here's also the wiring diagram.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Tylerrr51

    Tylerrr51

    Nov 28, 2009
    Milford, CT
    Thanks so much for that, I found a jazz kit that seems pretty good.
     
  15. Labi

    Labi

    Jun 14, 2006
    Good luck then.

    BTW You are aware of the fact that you'll end up with an extra pot hole on your bass? Have you considered V V T T configuration?
     
  16. archer121

    archer121

    Apr 12, 2009
    Sure, it'll work fine. The p pup, while it may look like two pups, is actually one. There should be two pup that lead from the pup to the controls and under the halves is a wire connecting the two.

    This might help.

    std_p_j_bass.
     
  17. Tylerrr51

    Tylerrr51

    Nov 28, 2009
    Milford, CT
    Yea i am aware, couldnt I allways put an effect pot or killswitch?
     
  18. Tylerrr51

    Tylerrr51

    Nov 28, 2009
    Milford, CT
    I know that the P pickup is one, but what should i keyword in google for a Volume, Volume, Tone, Tone configuration?
     
  19. VVTT.

    FWIW, I wouldn't recommend having two tone controls.
    It's a pretty useless setup, as the tone controls interact when the pickups are at the same volume.

    I would opt for a killswitch or a series/parallel switch to fill the hole.
     
  20. Labi

    Labi

    Jun 14, 2006
    Why Google? Search here.
     

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