adding a p/a switch to active circuit??

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Sinisa, Nov 10, 2002.

  1. Sinisa


    Aug 7, 2002
    Belgrade, Serbia

    I Have a question about adding a passive/active switch to the
    SD Steve Bailey Fretless Fundamental System circuit. (wich is active only, as I now)
    Is that kind of operation possible, and easy to perform?
    what's your opinion about this product?

    Thank you!

  2. Bonafide


    Oct 15, 2002
    Hey Sinisa,

    You can't add a passive -active switch to a totally active setup. With a passive-active setup no problem. For instance if you have passive pickups with an active pre-amp (Very common setup) you can add a switch that bypasses the active electronics and lets you use the pickups passive.

    With an active-active setup (Active pickups AND electronics) You can still bypass the electronics but you are still active. This type of bypass rewuires that your pickups are still getting juice from the battery. Some systems allow you to bypass the pre-amp only while still using the low-impedance pots (Volume anyway) to function the bass with.

    The Steve Baily system is a really great setup. Seymouyr Duncan / Bassline makes some of the best Bass pickups period. You cannot however add a P-A switch to this if you are using the SB soapbars. With just the pre-amp yes it's possible.

    Hope that helps.