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Making Passive Bass Active ? Which P-Ups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by .-.LeX.-., Feb 2, 2003.

  1. i currently own a Essex Jazz bass, and a hartke 3500 and sun 2x15 cab

    im really not happy with my tone, it has no life, its boring and bland, weather or not it is my head or cab, its always the easiest and cheapest to replace the pickups

    which active pickups would be good for the thumpy " hit you in the chest " punch that i wish for...... even if the pickups are passive tell me anyway, thanks
  2. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    Why dont you just keep you passive pups and just install active electronics 1st.?
  3. rojo412

    rojo412 Walnut is fun! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    It may sound like an old line, but EMGs will take about 10 mins to install and are very punchy. They'll cost about as much as the Essex bass itself, but they'd be the easiest and best solution if you want punch and clarity. Forget about adding a BTC or something at first... it won't help. I did it to a P bass and it sucked. I put some EMG J pu's in another bass I had and the difference was night and day.
  4. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    Have you tried different brands of strings? I've been much happier with my basses since switching string brands to DR Highbeams. YMMV

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