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active vs. passive, customization advice

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by myrios, May 2, 2003.

  1. myrios


    Apr 30, 2003
    I bought a Fender MIJ P-J body from the 80's. The electronics are active, but the seller neglected to tell me that the P pick-ups were not installled. They turned out to be Seymour Duncan Antiquity II's. I gave up on that body but kept all of the electronics.

    Now, I am in the process of deciding what pick-ups to put into a custom body I am having built for use with a Fender jazz fretless neck and/ or a P- Bass neck. The body will be made of Paduak wood.


    - Can I use my MIJ electronics ( including the neck J pick-up) passively. That is just remove the battery from the connections?

    - I'm presuming my P pick-ups simply will not work actively .... correct?

    - What would be your (collectively) opinion on whether I should even consider using these pick-ups at all? I can choose to put any kind of pick-ups in this body ... the routing is yet to be done.

    - What is your general opinion on active vs. passive set ups?

  2. marc40a


    Mar 20, 2002
    Boston MA
    It's tough to understand exactly what you're saying.

    What brand are the J Pickups? and The P's?

    It could very possibly the all of your pu's are passive and that there's and active EQ running them.
  3. myrios


    Apr 30, 2003
    Okay... I finally figured this out:

    the pickups are both "Fender". but the P Pickups are apparently manufactured by Seymour Duncan and are high-impedance and they DO work with this Fender active module.

    Thanks for the reply...


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