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Best active for the buck?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RicPlaya, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
    Well I'm taking back my Fender Jazz Deluxe MIM, once I got it home I was very unempressed. I am looking for another active 4 string. I already have a Spector Rebop5 Czech, awesome bass but don't have the budget for another one. What would be some other options for some good active basses on a very limited budget?
  2. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
    And I already did a search sorry I should of mentioned that ....thanks in advance
  3. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
  4. EBMatt


    Nov 21, 2003
    Springfield, MA
    I think the Warwick Corvette Proline is a really nice bass. I don't know how much your willing to spend, but they might be a little too much $$$. The Musicman S.U.B. have an active preamp and sell for $699.99 - 4 string and $749.99 - 5 string. The MIA Fender dlx jazz basses are really good for the $$$ IMO.

    That's all I can think of that is inexpensive but decent.
  5. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Lakland Skyline series.
  6. Papersen


    Mar 22, 2002
    Go for a used Peavey Cirrus.
    You can get the 4 string version for under $700.

    Difficult to get a better bang for the buck.
  7. Nuttboy311


    May 30, 2002
    Schecter makes some great active basses. Check out Schecter Webpage. Don't be fooled by the retail prices that are posted with the pictures. Musiciansfriend.com is a fairly large Schecter dealer as well as any GC.
  8. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Get a used Lakland 55-01 or 44-01, they can be had for around $500.


    Find an inexpensive passive bass that you like and add a preamp to it.
  9. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    If one can be found for this price, there is no better deal, IMHO.
  10. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
    If I took a passive and added a pre amp to it would it be the same as a true active bass as far as volume levels. So all you do is use the same pups just boost it a bit with a pre amp?
  11. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    That is all an active bass is. It is a bass that has a built-in preamp. EMG pickups actually have the preamp built into the pickup housings, but many other manufacturers offer preamps that can be wired in and used with any pickups. Aguilar, EMG, Bartolini, Duncan and others all make great preamps for reasonable prices.
  12. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Check out a stingray or sterling

  13. jobu3

    jobu3 ¿Huevos?! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2002
    Mountain Top, PA
    ...shameless plug (of a stellar 4-string). :spit: :eek: :D
  14. karmapunk


    Jul 15, 2003
    spector q4 pro

    or get an old jackson. Old as in before they were bought by fender was it?
  15. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
    You learn something new everyday.... I am clueless. So I can take any passive make a cavity and make it active? It's crazy...
  16. LA


    Oct 17, 2001
    The Ibanez BTB400 has passive pickups run through a 3-band active EQ with 18v.
  17. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    That's it in a nutshell.
  18. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
    Converting a passive to an active looks like it may be an option, is there certain basses people like to do this with more than others?
  19. i second the suggestion for an ibanez btb400, i own a btb405 and i'm very pleased
  20. Somebassguy


    Nov 5, 2003
    Everett Wa
    Best bang for the buck? Schecter Studio Elite or Schecter C-4/5...hands down!!

    EMG-HZ pickups, EMG Active Electronics.
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