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The Passive Club!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Surprise Panda!, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. FenderBassist

    FenderBassist In the land of drummers, the bass player is king.

    Oct 28, 2005
    Gilbert, AZ
    I don't like active pickups of any kind, just my personal preference. Give me old school passive tones, even with upgraded pickups, on reasonably priced Fenders or Fender copies.

    Would like to join this club please.

    81 Squire Precision custom, with Duncan Basslines.
    81 Ibanez Blazer bass, with Duncan Basslines.
    85 Martin Stinger bass, with Duncan Basslines.
    08 SX Precision, stock.
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  3. I only have passive basses, although one has an active piezo pu

    does that qualify?
  4. Muddslide


    Feb 23, 2007
    Mobile, Alabama
    I dislike actives. Intensely. I went that route when I was spending (wasting?) tons of money in the 80s and 90s trying out as many new things as possible.

    FInally realized that with active electronics, I was spending more and more to refine the sound to basically get to what I had when I was playing passives.

    I'll never go active again.

    But I completely support and applaud anyone who feels differently and likes to rock actives.
  5. Muddslide


    Feb 23, 2007
    Mobile, Alabama

    Somehow, actives don't sound as natural and open to me.
  6. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    Two of my main axes have Villex pickups (passive) and the other 3 have Dingwall pickups (passive) and always run in passive mode (even though they have preamps). Am I eligible to join?
  7. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Hell yes passive! MIA jazz w/ Fender std. vintage pups. My next bass will have Bart splits.
  8. llamalor2112

    llamalor2112 Banned

    Sep 18, 2007
    I know. You can really tell when someone is using an active axe. Sometimes I here guys playing with pure naked bass and it still sounds processed to me. :meh:

    When it comes to pickup tech, less is more. GO PASSIVE! :bassist:
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    #39" fullrangebass
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  10. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    once you go PASSive you'll never go ACTive!!!

  11. Muddslide


    Feb 23, 2007
    Mobile, Alabama
    Yeah, that's what I mean. When I was going through actives, I wan't pleased with the results, so I kept buying more expansive heads, more nuanced EQs, more pedals, etc. until I realized what I was looking for was what I got WITHOUT all that extraneous stuff with just my old passives and a good head and cab.

    To each his own though. I'm no hater of active players; it's just not for me. At all.
  12. calebbarton


    Aug 25, 2007
    I manufacture for several companies including but not limited to: Bridge City Sound, Catalinbread, more.
    count me in, G&l JB-2
  13. llamalor2112

    llamalor2112 Banned

    Sep 18, 2007
    Yeah. I didn't mean to sound anti-active players, just that I don't prefer to use them. :smug:
    The whole simplicity of the passive sound is just so satisfying. Actually, as a matter of fact, recently I have been going even more simple and enjoying the good clean sound out of my Victor Bailey acoustic (although it uses a passive fishman as well). :)
  14. Sign me up.

    1: SX P bass
    2. Jordin "Superfly" P/J

    Passive tone all the way, baby. :bassist:
  15. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr

    Oct 23, 2007
    I play a Squier P Bass and an SX J Bass, both passive!
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  17. 49sfine


    Apr 20, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Interesting thread ... I own (currently) 7 basses, all passive, but I am still learning to play bass, so my discernment is not what I expect it will be soon. Anyway, I like things old school and the whole battery hassle seems just that. On top of that, I am a gigging drummer who wants to play bass BAD!

    Here's my herd:

    Fender Aerodyne P-bass with chrome bridge/pup covers
    4 string Wishnevsky acoustic Banana bass with K&K pup
    5 string Wishbass Lobe model (all persimmon)
    4 string Wishbass Lobe model (curly maple/mahogany)
    4 string Wishbass Hyper model (spalted maple/maghogany)
    4 string Wishbass Fantasy model, short scale (all zebrawood)
    4 string Wishbass Stude model (all walnut)
    4 string Wishbass JB model (all walnut)
    5 string Carvin neck unit as build-out project for the future.

    All the Wishbasses are fretless, the others are not. All are strung with FLATS ...

    Am I in?
  18. 49sfine: #44
  19. 49sfine


    Apr 20, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Kool! Thanks.
  20. PocketGroove82


    Oct 18, 2006
    Hey passive club,
    I'm wondering how you guys feel about basses that do have an active/passive switch vs. totally passive basses. Does an active/passive owner who uses the passive mode most of the time count?

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