How to differentiate between Active Pickup bass and Passive Pickup bass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by sLapshock, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. sLapshock


    Nov 12, 2004
    I dont knwo hwo both work. Just know that Active got battery. How to diffrentiate the soudn adn which is better generally?
  2. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    Active pickups have an inbuilt preamp which prevents signal loss caused by cables, they usually sound brighter than passive pickups.
  3. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Passive pickups are mainly a LONG coil of wire around a magnet structure of some sort. The vibrating string changes the magnetic field, which in turn produces an electrical current the the coil. This signal is amplified, then brought through your speakers. With an active pickup, the general structure is the same, but they use a shorter coil of wire (which makes for a weaker signal), which is then aplified internally. This signal usually has a more unaltered sound.
  4. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Not to be confused with active or passive electronics, which many people do.
  5. 6-3-2


    Sep 20, 2003
    For the most part Active pickups are louder, more "modern" sounding, they are definately some very loud and modern sounding passive pickups though, that's just generally.
  6. sLapshock


    Nov 12, 2004
    which is better? and what is pj pickup or the rest pickup?
  7. EricTheEZ1


    Nov 23, 2004
    Clawson, MI
    I think you might want to do more searching on this board and check out the newbie links that are stickied to the top of this board. They can offer a lot of info that will take much longer to ask.


    P.S. - Hang out with experienced bass players and soak up whatever knowledge you can possible use.
  8. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    The one that sounds the way you like.
    "pj" is a reference to a certain pickup configuration.
  9. sLapshock


    Nov 12, 2004
    detail> hambuckers??