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Active vs. Passive

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Nevermoore, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. Nevermoore


    Nov 6, 2005
    I just bought my first bass a couple of months ago. It's a yamaha RBX760 series and it apparently has active pickups. I'm not really sure what this means other than I have to keep a pretty fresh battery in my guitar if I want it to sound good. I've noticed that I get some distortion when the battery starts dying. Is there some benefit to having active pickups over passive ones? All I know is that I'm going through a lot of batteries. Now I just take the battery out of the guitar when I'm not playing it. It's not really that big of a deal but it is kind of a pain in the ass.
  2. EchO


    Aug 3, 2005
    I'm not real sure, but I do know that I got a passive just bc I didn't want to be changing out that battery all the time lol...
  3. Moo

    Moo Banned

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    Take the cord out of the jack, that switches it off :)
  4. Correct ;) Leaving your active bass plugged in will drain the battery very quickly.
  5. Nevermoore


    Nov 6, 2005
    Thanks, I didn't know that!