passive vs active

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jay43, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. jay43


    Jan 4, 2006
    cool me stupid or whatever, but what is the difference between passive and active pickups? more importantly what differnce does it make in the difference in the guitars sound?
  2. jay43


    Jan 4, 2006
    call me, sorry typo
  3. AxtoOx


    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    Active means you have an onboard preamp usually powerd by 1 or 2 9 volt batteries. It boosts the power of the bass and gives you more tone control. That's the short story.
    Passive is just regular pickups.
  4. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    1) Welcome to TB
    2) There's an edit function, so you don't have to make a new post.
    3) Check the pickups and electronics fourm.
    4) Once there, check out the sticky called Active vs. Passive