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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Getserious, Jan 25, 2005.
things i should know about active pickups just got my first bass
Beware of leaving your lead/chord plugged into the bass. On many active basses, this activates the circuit. This happens whether or not you are plugged into an amp - so will drain your battery while you're not playing!
Best tip I can think of just now!
If the bass starts to fuzz or get really muddy, replace the battery. Usually a 9V that you can get to by opening the plate on the back. This will happen every couple of moths or even after maybe a year... depending on the bass (for say, two Ibanez' of the same model can run down a battery at different rates) aswell as how much you play.
Good choice on the active, I have both passive and active and my main basses are active.
hope you enjoy
Is there any difference in the pickups between active and passive?
I have an active Westone and am thinking about defretting it, would I need specific pickups? The ones that are on it are a bit rubbish as it is!
Honestly dude, there's a lot of information right here about it. It's all just hidden under that button that says "Search" on it. But to answer...
You're getting into active electronics vs active pickups - make sure you know which is which.
There are worlds of differences between active and passive pickups. The first and fore most is obviously active takes a 9V battery, and are generally "hotter" pickups (I say that loosely).
But again, I'll leave it at that and stress the use of the search feature...
Sorry, I had been searching but obviously not well enough. I'll make sure and get the active ones. Thanks mate
No need to apologize 's all cool. If you can, before buying, try basses with each and see which ones sound better to your ears. When trying them, try to pick basses that are as similar to yorus as possible, that way you also know how they'll prolly sound in your bass.
For myself, I like passive pickups with an active pre. That may change, that may stay the same, I dunno. Go with what suits you
I thought pickups were all the same, but the 9v battery made the pickup "hotter". Is that not right? Will an "active" pickup not work at all without power? Hmmm...I've got to rethink my next project...
an active pickup (emgs [non-hz] for example) will NOT work without a battery, as they have an integrated buffer preamp.
if you want a bass with an active/passive switch you will have to use passive pickups combined with active electronics and a switch
Like I said, this discussion can (and already has to a point) turn into active pickups vs active electronics , two comepletly different subjects! If I had to choose one route, I'd go active pre, passive pickups, that way I don't need to worry about a battery. But, if you disable the active pre, you lose whatever "hotness" you'd gain from the 9V, as you'd be totally passive at that point.
Whew. That's what I was talking about. The main thing I didn't know is that there were specific pups that ONLY worked with a battery. That's good info...thanks.
Aside from the battery issue, isn't the main difference between active and passive pickups impedence? For example, EMG-HZs are passive as indicated by the HZ.....high impedence. While standard EMGs are active......less restriction of current flow, (low impedence) from the instrument to the amp. Not exactly positive but this is the way I always understood it.