Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ashton, Sep 26, 2001.

  1. ashton


    Jan 4, 2001
    well if i could get a usa fender delux active jazz bass for $1700 (australian) and a hartke bass head. or a normal fender jazz passive($1200 aust) and the hartke bass head. would it be better to save money and get the passive, would it not make much difference with the head im running it through???????. help me, its a helluva lotta money for a 15year old kid who earns $400 monthly. help me please :)

    ps the hartke ha2000 is the head and it takes passive and active so im not sure about anything.
  2. Play the US deluxe and the Standard, and see for yourself which you prefer. The head, play both, and again, see what you like.
  3. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i suggest you to buy the passive standard bass. when you'll have the money you could add a j retro preamp. they are awesome.

  4. I say go with the passive. I tend to prefer the passive ones over the actives. That's just my preference. But whoever said to get the passive and later on get the j-retro is sooooo right. I've heard nothing but good about that setup. Also, the j-retro pre amp is prolly better than the ones that come stock in active j-basses. Or at least that's MY understanding of it.
  5. Okay.. you've got my attention. i've heard so much bla bla over this Retro thingy.. i want no more bla bla.. i want the works.. let me hear that thing g.damn.. :mad: :D
  6. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    Yeah, for the asking price, I sure hope they (J-Retros) are better than the stock active Jazzes. I like mine a lot, did some real nice things for my Jazz. My only complaints are the steep steep price and that dialing in more treble tends to add noise.

    At any rate, I agree with those who say get a passive and add a preamp later. I've read good things about the OBP-1. Plus it retails for only $139, so it's probably a steal at street price. They also have a 10 yr warranty! Go passive and get the Aggy. :)
  7. And the J-retro does have a passive mode, so you wont lose the passive sound either. Plus, you can get the bass soon cause it wont cost as much, and upgrade when you have the money!
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I've heard the Aggie installed in several Jazzes... liked my stock JD5 much more. $250 ''is" a lot for a preamp, that's why I thought long and hard before buying a J-Retro. It's worth it.
  9. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    you better change you avitar, adollo. the chickens are getting restless! :eek: