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Does U-Retro preamp work with active pu's?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bongostealth, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    I'm considering a U-Retro preamp. I have active pickups. Will this work? The U-Retro product description doesn't say whether this will work with active pickups.

    If so, where would I wire the red battery lead wires?
  2. John East

    John East Commercial User

    Jan 10, 2002
    Oxford UK
    Owner of E-Pro & East UK
    Yes, U-Retro will work well with active pickups.

    Do your pickups have a screen, white and red wires?

    If so:

    * Screen: Cold/Ground pickup input, or can be grounded centrally if more convenient.

    * White: Hot pickup input.

    * Red: Splice into red battery wire of the retro in order that the pickups are powered on/off with the preamp.

    I'm assuming it's a unit without passive tone, as the value of our passive tones is designed for passive pickups.
  3. Cutty


    Jun 25, 2006
    Your always there to help us out John,i use your retros and love them,you friend from west wales,Cheers.
  4. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Well, I have purchased the U-Retro Deluxe. So, the passive tone control will not work with active pickups?