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Need your help Talkbass... MIA Fender Active or Passive?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Knavery, Sep 12, 2005.

Which Fender should I keep?

Poll closed Sep 19, 2005.
  1. MIA Fender Jazz passive with maple/alder

    90 vote(s)
  2. MIA Fender Jazz active with maple/ash

    75 vote(s)
  1. Knavery

    Knavery Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    Hey everyone,
    I need to get rid of a bass, but cannot decide which one to get rid of. I am getting another active/passive bass -- Warwick ltd. edition 2004 FNA, but I have two Fenders -- one MIA Fender Jazz passive, and one MIA Fender Jazz active with ash wood. Both have maple fretboards.

    I love them both, but would like your opinions on the matter. Although I love the slight construction improvements in the active, I do love the sound of the passive. And although I love the passive, I love the range of sounds I can get with the active, even if not as warm. I do, however, have to sell one.

    Thanks for the feedback.
  2. Are you saying that you will switch between basses? If so, choose to keep the two that will complement eachother's abilities rather than keep the "best" two. My vote would be to keep the passive, considering the fact that the warwick will be more of a parallel upgrade to the active than it would be to the passive. IME, out of two similar basses, the lesser one will never be seriously played.
  3. What are we voting for? Which bass to stay or which one to go?

    The way I see it, fender jazz should be passive, if you want active bass, there are loads of better axes.
  4. Knavery

    Knavery Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    Yes... You guys hit it precisely on the head. I am getting the Warwick Limited Edition 2004 FNA with the ebony fingerboard, and flame koa top over ash body, but I need to get rid of one of these Fenders.
  5. Keep the active one with Ash/Maple!
    Just my opinion.....
  6. I agree with warp, the "passive" sound is what has made fender tride and true all of these years. If you want an active bass, there are gangs of other bass... even for less money that would sound as good or better than the active fender jazz.
  7. Lewis7789


    Sep 17, 2004
    Akron, Ohio USA
    Sales; ClearSonic Mfg.
    Though I love my active Jazz, I agree with the other cats about selling the active and keeping the passive Jazz. You can use the passive Fender Jazz tone when you need it and have your active Warwick for the other tunes. No point on having two similar basses?
  8. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Keep the passive!
  9. skewh


    Sep 5, 2005
    Ithaca, NY
    My first instinct is to say keep the active, but then again that's very similar to the axe I have so I'm quite biased.

    However, it is a good point that has been brought up about keeping the passive, since the Warwick you're planning on getting is active. Overall I would say keep the passive.
  10. Juniorkimbrough


    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    keep the passive IMO..
  11. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    +1 on passive, more variety in your arsenal
  12. Knavery

    Knavery Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    Thanks for all the responses guys. I decided to get rid of the active jazz. Very good input. I'm glad I have some friends around here to ask these things.
  13. I'd keep the passive. The Jazz bass is a classic tone and no other instrument really comes close to the feel and sound of a jazz bass. In my opinion, a Jazz bass has to be passive. Plus, you may find that your active Jazz brings more money in the used market.
  14. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    No fair! I just now got to vote, only to find that you had already made up your mind before I got to weigh in!

    Keep the passive/alder ;)
  15. Knavery

    Knavery Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    Your vote still counts. Each vote for the passive makes me feel a little bit better about putting the active on the market.:)
  16. narcopolo


    Sep 12, 2005
    richmond, va
    i'm actually trading in my active bass for a passive one (at a bit of a financial loss), because
    1. i HATE active tone
    2. i'm sick of having to chang batteries all the time
  17. Passive.
  18. slapnuts


    Aug 9, 2005
    Marietta, GA
    In my opinion. ACTIVE EQUALS BEST. But the alder is better. So I say swap the pickups, and then sell the leftover.
  19. slapnuts


    Aug 9, 2005
    Marietta, GA
    Why get rid of one? You could keep both. There is no law or anything that limits a person to 2 basses.
  20. slapnuts


    Aug 9, 2005
    Marietta, GA
    Um, it says "Which one should I keep?