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Passive single p/u 5 string choices?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by basss, Dec 3, 2005.


  1. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    NYC
    I'm thinking of putting together a bass built around one passive pickup in the MM sweet spot. What would be a good choice for this application? It seems like most of the MM type pups out there are made to be used with a preamp.
     
  2. tuBass

    tuBass

    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    I too am considering such a project, and if I do it I will use the nordstrand pickup.
     
  3. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    NYC
    Which one?
     
  4. tuBass

    tuBass

    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    the MM5.2
     
  5. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    NYC
    Aren't these designed to replace the stock pups in a MM bass? If so it seems that they would need a preamp to work best.
     
  6. tuBass

    tuBass

    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    I've always heard you could use them passive, but I'm sure somebody will come along and tell me if I'm wrong.
     
  7. I have the Basslines SMB-5A (supposed to be a direct replacement for MM basses) in two of my basses, one with the STC-2 pre and an active/passive switch and the other one is passive. It works perfectly ok as a passive pu, with an output level somewhere between a P and a J. Great tone too, pretty much Stingray but a bit more "refined" (less agressive) due to the Alnico magnets instead of ceramic.