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Switched from Active to Passive

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kerrycares, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    After years of playing active basses I recently went back to a passive set up and have been really pleased with the results.

    I play through an in ear system and the active system and light combination was creating unwanted noise.

    I converted my 70's Jazz 5 with Lindy Fralins and Bartolini pre over to a 60's stack knob configuration and run through a Countryman Active DI to the board.

    Sounds great,no noise and no fear of battery failure.

    It will be interesting to see if I miss the preamp the next time I have to play directly into an amp.

    Thanks to my bass buddies that helped me get rid of the noise and land in a really good place.

    Happy Holidays!
  2. Welcome to the club. I did the same thing a few years ago... sold my active Washburn bass and bought passive basses from that time on. The primary reason was fear of battery failure in the middle of a set - and I just like to keep my rig simple. Of course, its a personal preference. I would never suggest to someone who prefers active basses to go passive.
  3. Passive for me...and I agree it keeps things simple, but I also think there is a unique quality with passive...

  4. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    For sure passive basses have a more organic sound. That said, both of my pedalboards have an outboard preamp.
  5. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Had to make one small modification to my "pre wired " harness that was grounding out and giving me no sound. It's all good now.
  6. Is that the bass in your profile picture? Gorgeous.
  7. Rickenbass


    Oct 14, 2013
    I play both and have no issues transitioning between them. I own primarily single coil Rickenbackers, so I'm no stranger to noise. For the record, I own a few humbucking Rickenbackers as well.My active bass is a Spector NS2.

    My first foray into active basses was on a Modulus Q5 a few years back. Nice bass but I found I did not "need" the low B. Tone wise the bass was a monster and needed to be EQ'ed differently from my Rickenbackers. Louder? Yes. Better tones? Not so much but that is a subjective question/answer.

    Right now my Spector and my Rickenbackers coexist harmoniously in my arsenal. I do tend to favor the sound of a passive pick up. For me a bigger learning curve was more frets and a longer scale on the Spector!

  8. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Interesting. How many of you play with a light touch? I am kinda heavy handed, but considering a change to a light touch, and while I play passive, active seems, to me, to work better when I use a light touch.
  9. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    I tend to play with a medium to heavy touch, a compressor helps even things out, especially with active basses. I play passives 95% of the time.
  10. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    That is he , the Red Rooster!