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The Passive Club!!

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


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  1. Dincrest

    Dincrest

    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    May I join the passive club? My only bass is a Warwick Corvette Standard 4-string and though it used to have the stock active MECs and 2 band active electronics, 1.5 years ago I had a luthier friend of mine swap out the pickups for Duncan STK-J2s and a vol-vol-tone configuration. No muss, no fuss, no batteries, and I STILL get more tones out of the bass than I can even use. I get a thicker low end and a beefier growl too.

    I am so not going back to actives after this.

    Should I get a custom in the future (I would eventually like a custom 5) I'm totally going 1 pickup, 1 volume control.

    EDIT: Though I adore my Duncans, I've always wondered what a Warwick would sound like with Lindy Fralins and a passive setup.
     
  2. rs_worthington

    rs_worthington

    Aug 5, 2008
    Count me in? I hate actives. Will never go back to them. They muddy the sound, clip the amp input. Check out Lace Alumnitones, the most advanced, cleanest-sounding passive pickups on the market. (besides maybe Lightwave infrared pickups)

    Currently I have:
    Lace-Helix Neck-through 4
    Warmoth neck/body Exploiter style 4 with Lace Alumnitone 3.5 BassBars

    Alumnitones have no primary coil. The housing IS the coil. ZERO noise. Clear natural sounding tone. About 2 pounds lighter.

    And did I mention higher output, and wider frequency range than actives? Higher output without clipping the input signal?? It's true....

    No, I don't work for Lace. Just highly recommend their pickups.

    lace029.
     
  3. 75 fender p and 75 gibson grabber.

    personally i don't like active electronics. i like the idea of them, but i haven't found any that sound appealing to me.
     
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  5. ScottG

    ScottG

    Feb 2, 2006
    Memphis, TN
    I'm in! I have a Fender Jazz with stock pickups (I'm getting custom shop noiseless for Christmas :hyper:) I've played active and just never liked them.
     
  6. a_ribbon

    a_ribbon

    Apr 10, 2008
    i think those yammy's are so awesome looking! how are you liking it? i'm a huuuuuuuge fan of the pj and i've been thinking of adding one to my own personal stable. :bassist:
     
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  8. CIMG0690.

    All passive
     
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  10. JKambing

    JKambing

    Aug 5, 2008
    Singapore
    I want in please..

    Here's my 2006 Vintage Modified P Bass. I love the sound of passive basses. Somehow the active bass tone is TOO clear for my liking. Takes away the character of the tone, IMO, and that's just my opinion. My bass sounded great with the MXR M80 DI box with a tinge of distortion though. In a way it gave me that passive growl with a much higher output.

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  11. atheos

    atheos

    Sep 28, 2008
    Tampere, Finland
    Does it count if I use my Iceman in passive mode only (it has a self-made bypass switch for active circuit)? I'm also planning to replace the electronics so that it would have LP-style controls (2 * Vol, 2 * Tone, PU switch)... :)

    Then again, my other basses are 100% passive, GSR200 and a cheap J clone. The GSR is the older passive model and actually now has wiring done so that the bridge PU is connected directly to output jack and neck PU is ignored, no knobs or switches :D:D
     
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  14. all passive for me. it was hell on earth trying to find a passive 6 string :D
     
  15. #65: sonic assassin

    Hope your Peavey is working out for you
     
  16. Sub5ound

    Sub5ound Banned

    Sep 6, 2008
    Catskills, New York
    Proud owner of :
    80's Schecter Jazz bass, two traditional singlecoils
    Modified MIM Precision with '62 split coil, badass 2, tort pickguard. Do I get a number?
     
  17. other than the ground issues that i cant seem to kick, im pretty happy with it.

    might do a pickup swap at some point, or at least something to coax a little more aggression out of it. its great for mellow stuff, but my band is pretty crazy. perhaps pickups in series?
     
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  19. Here is my main fretless:

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    And I have a passive 5 string on the way! Pics to follow when that beauty comes in.
     
  20. #67: Grateful

    Love your avatar
     

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