Active vs. Passive (Ibanez)

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Lowdown, Jan 5, 2001.

  1. Lowdown


    Feb 6, 2000
    I have an Ibanez SR-900 w/ active AFR pickups. The bass is a great player, but it has that modern sterile sound and doesn't seem to have any mid range cut through when playing with the band. Maybe I am spoiled by my G&L basses which have great natural tone and cut through like a razor. The G&L's have passive pickups w/preamps. I like the feel of the bass, but don't want to throw money away on 300.00 worth of passive pickups or an on board preamp only to find out that the bass just cannot produce the tone I want. Anyone have experience with Ibanez basses? r any suggestions at all?