Newbie: Passive vs. Active

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Heavy_E, Jul 3, 2002.

  1. Heavy_E


    Jul 2, 2002
    Can someone please explain the differance between Passive pickups and active pickups... What are the Pro's and cons to either.
  2. Heavy_E


    Jul 2, 2002
    See I really am a newbie... :rolleyes:

  3. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I don't really like that part of the FAQ.

    Basically "active" basses takes the niose shaping EQ controls that are on the front of your bass and puts them at your fingertips on your bass. Theoretically there should really be no difference between the sounds you can get with a passive bass and savvy use of on-amp EQ and an active bass.

    The nice advantage that an active bass has is with multiple pickup configurations sometimes the different pickups can have some quirks when blended. Active buffers the output from the two pickups and handles the blending evenly. However, the uneven blending on a passive bass is not necessarily a negative once you learn to use it.

    I prefer passive basses personally, except in an acoustic, where feedback prevention is a must.