Question about Active Pickup Setup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by FrolicHoek, Mar 4, 2002.

  1. FrolicHoek


    Nov 14, 2001
    Dallas, TX
    Does an active setup even work if the battery is dead, or is the signal just weak? I am just getting into my first active bass, and I don't really know how to tell if the battery is dead or not.
  2. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    It depends. Active pickups like EMG, some Seymour Duncans, some Bartolins etc, won't work without a battery. Now, if you have passive pickups with an active preamp, you can probably run it without batteries. Some preamps have a switch for active or passive, which means you can run the pickups through the preamp or bypass the preamp. If you have a switch like that, there is no problem. However (i'm not sure about this part) if you don't have one of them switches, you might not get this to work, since the signal is wired to go through the preamp at all times. So if the preamps low on power, you'll probably get a weak, distorted signal. Help me out here, electronic gurus, will ya? :oops: ;)