New P Bass Body - Should I Go Active or Passive?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FugaziBomb, Aug 5, 2022.

  1. Active

  2. Passive

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  1. FugaziBomb


    Jun 5, 2017
    I'm finally getting around to replacing this Affinity body with a proper P Bass body from Warmoth. One thing I'm hung up on is if I want to get the output side routed to accommodate the added knobs on the pickguard and have a battery box installed for a preamp or not. I've already got 3 active basses with P pups and 2 other passive basses with P's too, so I've got plenty of variety in that regard

    In favor of a preamp:

    I really like to have a sweepable mid boost to find a sweet spot to hit my O/D with a little extra stank. I'm also hung up on the idea that active = better...

    In favor of no preamp:

    This thing is passive right now and I'm happy with it. I also worry that adding a bunch of knobs to the front of it will affect the aesthetics in a negative way. Also also, I can't find stacked white Jazz Bass knobs.
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  2. DukeOfBass


    Apr 6, 2011
    If you like it now then keep it passive. On the other hand, you could always get a preamp with a passive switch. Can’t comment much on how a preamp would affect the looks knob-wise but you could try searching Ali Express for random stacked knobs. There’s a lot on there.
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  3. I voted passive, but I’ll vote passive 10 times out of 10, but especially for a P Bass - some of its beauty is in its simplicity IMO
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  4. monti2889


    Jul 19, 2012
    Keep passive, pop an eq pedal in front of OD with mid hump.
    In theory (or I once read a comment somewheres), once you hit an effects pedal, you essentially create an active signal's just not onboard the bass.
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  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i voted "passive," too, but it's only because those pickups don't need active preamps to 'sound right' (especially on a p-bass), and you've already got some actives in your arsenal (mixing it up = good!). ;)

    whatever you do: congrats on your p-bass body, and good luck with your ax! :thumbsup:
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  6. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Look great !! Just keep it passive.

    Since she has Dimarzio wild p pup, give it a set of lo rider SS a run.
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  7. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    To me an active P is a bit of an oxymoron; the beauty is in the simplicity.

    I’m not knocking active basses. But if it was active I’d go P/J or P/MM.

    Also, do you run a pedal board? I’d be more inclined to put the preamp there than in the (P) bass.

    my 2 pence!

    ps that’s a really cool looking P bass!
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2022
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  8. FugaziBomb


    Jun 5, 2017
    Thanks! I decided to go with sonic blue for the new body, so I'm hoping it still looks as cool with the lighter blue. I do run a pedal board and have been thinking about adding a mid boost a la JHS Haunting Mids
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  9. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    I swapped bodies on my ‘78 P specifically to undo all the extra routing the previous owner had done.
    I love having at least one axe that is just V/T. YMMV
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