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How many basses out there can switch between active and passive?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by terribilino, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. terribilino


    Nov 22, 2008
    Just wondering. Isn't there a Sadowsky that can do that?

    And why wouldn't more companies offer that? Is it considered a gimmick?
  2. uaudio


    Apr 11, 2008
    Some Warwicks do that. Some EMG, Bartolini, and East preamps that will do that. I don't think its very rare.
  3. Some schecters do too. The 004 does it.
  4. rapturebass


    Dec 6, 2008
    Fender Jaguar
  5. Flabass


    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    G&L L2000 is active/passive and the 2 band eq works in both modes.

    Lakland 44-01 also is active/passive. Eq does not work in passive.

    I own both.
  6. smakbass

    smakbass Smakkin basses for 25 years..

    Aug 6, 2002
    Vancouver Canada
    All my active basses do this....
  7. jarrod cunningham

    jarrod cunningham

    Apr 24, 2007
    sylacauga alabama
    spector basses
  8. terribilino


    Nov 22, 2008
    Didn't know there were so many. So if the battery runs out, you just have a passive bass?
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    My 55-01 does. Are you asking about 'true' bypassing? I.E. Still work if the battery dies? Not sure how many companies offer that! I think the G&L does?!
  10. Flabass


    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    Yes, my G&L L2000's will work in passive if the battery dies. Have had it happen during a gig.
  11. Vakmere


    Sep 6, 2007
    Ken Smith, Sadowsky.......Battery should last fairly long provided you unplug the cable after use. I wouldnt worry about batterys, they're inexpensive, easily found at the corner store, takes 3 minutes to replace. People who have had batterys die on stage dont check them once in a while then complain when the bass cuts out...........
  12. the fender marcus miller does
  13. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    All actives should have this feature as a backup. End of story.

    Given the increasing complexity and resulting unreliability of active circuitry as well as the ever-present possibility of battery failure due to the bass being left plugged in after the afternoon soundcheck, etc., etc., etc. I would never consider gigging with one that didn't.
  14. smakbass

    smakbass Smakkin basses for 25 years..

    Aug 6, 2002
    Vancouver Canada
    Oops I take that back..my Musicman doesnt.
  15. If you've got a gig coming up or studio session, just check the battery. The fear of a spontaneous battery death is possible, but most active players make sure the bass is always unplugged, test the batteries every so often, carry spares, etc. I've had some batteries last multiple years with routine use.
  16. D Rokk

    D Rokk Banned

    Feb 19, 2009
    Delta Quadrant
    glad i read this thread.. now i know to unplug my musicman
  17. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Oh yeah, I know. And they never EVER forget in the chaos of live performance and touring, either. Right? ;)

    Can you tell I hate actives? I have a few, but they don't go anywhere.
  18. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    I have a Warwick Corvette Proline that goes both ways

  19. Both the new EBMM Anniversary and Big Al models have it. The J-Retro pre-amp does as well though I don't know if they are stock on nay J type basses (I think some Lakland JO's did at one point?)
  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    For my Carvin 6 string I almost ALWAYS use it in passive. To me, the active circuit is the backup on that bass. But to stick to your topic, Carvin basses will work if the battery goes out, you have to pull out the volume knob to activate passive mode.

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