Looking to go Active....help!!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by schmittuml, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. schmittuml


    Oct 25, 2004
    Lowell, MA
    I have a MIM Jazz that I am looking to make active. I know nothing about wiring or anything, but I am looking to have complete range onboard...I know ive seen basses with about 4 or 5 knobs and I know these are active compared to passive. What would I need to get for the bass to get a full onboard active preamp?

    Also, i've seen on higher end basses switches about 3 or 4 of em, is this MIDI, or what are they used for.

    Thanks in advance...

    -Brian Schmitt
  2. jayzarecki


    Feb 23, 2005
    san diego, CA
    hmm, wierd. my bass is active, and i only have 4 knobs...two volume controls and two tone knobs...

    i dont think ive seen a bass with switches.... only guitars
  3. Tedintheshed

    Tedintheshed Banned

    Oct 8, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio

    Various active pre-amp set ups have different fuctionalities assigned to their knobs/switches. This is dependant upon their design. For example, if you compare them, you will find the EMG, Demeter, the Aguilar and the J-Retro are all very different. Some have identical tone shaping controls (Bass, mid, some have a mid sweep, treble, etc) while other don't (some have a "passive" switch, etc)