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Best way to get active on passive Jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Diezel420, Jun 27, 2002.


  1. I've got a passive Fender Jazz 5 which I love. It's got a great passive vibe. But I was thinking.....

    what is the best way to get active electronics with it? Should I go on-board with something like a J-Retro (if so, could I install myself?), or go out-board with something else? What is the best in value and sound?

    IMPORTANT NOTE: It is very important to me to still retain the ability to go passive. That would mean "active/passive electronics", right?

    Thanks so much in advance.
     
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I'd say a J-Retro would fill the bill perfectly, since you'd retain passive function. Can you solder?
     
  3. If me asking what soldering is, would that sufficiently answer the question?

    In other words, I probably can't.
     
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    OK, so we're talking maybe $20 to get a tech to install the J-Retro...

    Have you seen the J-Retro Site? John covers installation.

    The best place (IMO) to pick one up is Steve "Dude" Barr, at The Vintage Bass Trading Company. He's a standup guy, and the price is right, too.
     
  5. There's gonna be a J-Retro stompbox coming out very soon. Buy it from Dude. Either that or a Sadowsky outboard.
     
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.sadowsky.com/media/preamp/preamp.gif">
    <img src="http://www.sadowsky.com/media/preamp/install_kit.jpg">

    Also, the Aguilar DB924 is a nice out-board pre amp. I have one but I don't use it much since only one of my basses is passive & I rarely use it.
     
  7. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I have a Jazz V passive that I absolutely adore also. Fenders seem to keep their value and vibe much better in my experience if with ZERO modifications. I wouldn't even think of making any changes to my Fender.

    If you're interested in getting the "active sound" I'd recommend that you go with an external preamp like the Sadowsky.

    Of course, theoretically you should be able to do anything with your rig's preamp EQ that an additional preamp can do.

    The one thing that an onboard preamp will do differently than passive circuits is mixing pickup selections.
     
  8. just one question... where can i buy it, and how much? :D
     
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses