How to recognise pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by madvip, Sep 28, 2000.

  1. madvip


    Sep 26, 2000
    How can i find out what kind of pickup I have - ie. active or passive?
  2. Nate Dawg

    Nate Dawg

    Apr 8, 2000
    Denver, CO
    Take the cover off the back of your bass - if there are any batteries in there (9V most likely), then your pickups are active. Passive pickups don't have any battery.

    Hope that helped...


    May 29, 2000
    hooksett NH USA

    passive pickups dont have a battery but an EQ system would. Many basses have passive pick-ups with an active EQ.
    If your bass doesnt have any Cut/boost controls but does have a battery, then it has active pickups.