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First Time with Active PU's?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Doley50, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Doley50


    Sep 4, 2005

    I recently purchased a used Ibanez Sound Gear SR 405 as a back up bass for my American Fender Jazz, as most of you know these two basses do not have much in common. The main differences is the Ibanez is a 5 string with active pick up's, and the Jazz is a 4 string with passive pick up's. While I still need a professional set up on the Ibanez, I wanted to get some feedback on somethings I have been noticing.
    First off I really like this bass a lot, I through going to a 5 string was going to take some getting use to, as far as playability goes, but after a week or so I was use to it, the string spacing and neck width were not a problem at all.
    The biggest adjustment seems to be with the output, this bass has a huge dynamic range and it is just a beast with the gain. ( I mean this in a good way ) what seems to be a little odd is the E and A string are very loud while the D and G seem to be quieter, I realize each string has a different Frequency response,but the strings volume and tightness don't seem to be as even as they should be, the B string is a little hard to judge because it is my first 5 string but it does seem to be louder.
    The question is, do you find the need for a compressor more when paying a bass with active pick-ups and or a 5 string? I have been away from the Electric bass for almost 15 years, I have been mostly playing my UpRight, and I have 20 plus years experience with my Jazz Bass with passive pick-ups, so I know that bass pretty well.
    I realize it needs a set up and probably new strings, that will help, but I am interested to know what you do differently when playing with an active vs passive pick up's, and 4 vs 5 string basses?

    Thanks for you help
  2. F-Clef-Jef


    Nov 13, 2006
    Neenah, WI
    Just to be clear, that bass doesn't have active pickups, it has an active EQ. Two very different things... and a very common misunderstanding.

    Sometimes (depending on the electronics) there is an output adjustment screw-type -thing on the preamp in the body) I think my Deluxe Jazz had one.

    Also check your pickup height adjustment.

    New strings are always a great idea too!
  3. Adjust the pick up's. Lower them a little bit under the E string, play for awhile, adjust again if needed

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