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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by red-hot-bassist, Oct 2, 2001.


  1. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    hey i was wondering if anyone could tell me the diffirence between passive and aggresive/active basses? and does anyone know what my red hot sexy tanglewood rebel 4k is???

    help?
     

  2. Passive basses are basses that don't need a power supply for pickups, EQ, ect, ect.

    Active basses need a power supply to power the pickups, EQ, preamp (i think passives don't have that).

    An Active bass also has a switch to choose if it's passive or active. also active basses are power by usally 9-volts. but dude. i don't know what your bass is. sorry.
     
  3. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Some "active" basses use passive pickups (which do not require a power source) with an active EQ section (which does require a power source). These basses usually have a way to bypass the EQ and run in passive mode.

    Other basses also have active pickups (which employ a circut board within the pickup) in addition to the active EQ. From my experience, most of these basses do not have a bypass switch (it would seem because of the pickups).
     
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Sorry - can't answer that without breaching the posting guidelines! ;)
     
  5. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    thanks alot guys, but if you do know what my bass is (i dunno about psting guidlines or anyhting) could you possibly e-mail the answers to me, I'm not sure if it makes any diffirmnece in sound but my big studio amps have two sockets and i feel a bit stupid not knowing which one to plug inot!!
     
  6. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Hi RHB,
    If there is a battery in the back of your bass, I'd plug in to the active socket.
    Doc
     
  7. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    From the info on their website ( http://www.promusica.co.uk/html_tanglewood/standardbass.htm ), it looks like the standard model is passive, but they also carry an active model as well...

    ----- Quote from website... ----------
    Also available:

    REB 4 'REBEL' A - ACTIVE in S/T/Bk.

    ----- End Quote ---------------------

    Does your bass have 3 knobs (like the picture on the website)? If so, it's probably a passive bass (either 2 volumes & 1 tone, or volume, blend & tone). The tone control just uses a capacitor to roll off the highs.

    If it were an active bass (which it probably isn't), in addition to the volume & blend controls, there would be separate controls for both bass and treble (maybe even another one for midrange), and these controls will be able to boost (and/or cut) these frequencies.

    By the way... You can plug your bass into either input. The active input "pads" the signal coming from an active bass so it doesn't clip the preamp. You'll probably notice that your bass sounds quieter through this input.

    Hope that helps.

    - Frank
     
  8. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    "If it has a battery, its active!"
     
  9. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    okay well i think I've got it now, since there is no battery in my bass, thanks a lot. by the way, isnt my bass a foxy little number??
     
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

  11. Dont listen to him red hot. I think its a pretty sweet looking bass. I dont know how they sound though. I have never even heard of the company, so I cant say anything there.
     
  12. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    well i think it's a pretty foxy bass and sounds great it in it's own right with out jumping on the big evil fender wagon. anyway, it is an exciting time as I shall be purchasing (perhaps) a new bass tomorow night, a fretless peavey, oh and i am excited. and don't be mean to my bass cos it is bloody sexy
     
  13. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Aggresive?!?
     
  14. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    well yeah, i have heard actibe basses also been referred to as being aggressive