active with passive or...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by _alex_, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. _alex_


    Feb 29, 2004
    Old Europe:)
    its possible to use passive pups with active electronics?

    and the other way?

  2. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004

    most "active" basses have passive pups with a preamp. If it has an active/passive switch then the pups (or at least one of them) have to be passive. Active pups have a preamp built-in and require only a battery, although they often have an onboard pre installed. Some active pup sets only have the pre in one pup and the other is actually a passive pup. Percentage wise, there's really not many active pups on the market - especially if you remove EMGs from the mix.