Dual MM setup - running passive?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by roffe, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. roffe


    Mar 9, 2011
    Stavanger, Norway
    My new bass project will have two MM pickups (I haven't decided on which ones yet). I'm trying not to spend insane amounts of money here, but I do like a little of that Stingray "zing".

    I'm thinking about starting off cheap with a couple of GFS Alnico pickups with just a tone control and maybe upgrade with a Bartolini NTBT, or an MM preamp clone, if I need more tone shaping possibilities. Series/parallel/single switches will also be installed.

    I know MMs are usually paired with onboard preamps, but how will they sound with a passive tone control?
  2. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Two MM style pups in passive should sound fine (think G&L). There is no electrical reason they need a preamp any more than any other style pup.

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