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Upgrading to active pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Tage, Oct 10, 2004.


  1. Tage

    Tage

    Sep 17, 2003
    I'm in the process of buying a Highway 1 Precision Bass, which currently has passive electronics. I was wondering if it would be possible to upgrade to active electronics without doing any serious luthier work, or if there is a big enough cavity beneath the pickguard to fit a battery.
     
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    well, you can have active pickups and passive electronics.
    Passive electronics means you have vol/tone controls. Active electronics means you have bass/treble and sometimes mid frequencies to cut/boost.

    If you're proposing active pickups (i.e. EMG) and passive electronics, you should have no problems fitting a battery in a standard cavity. Makes it a slight pain to change the battery mind you
     
  3. Tage

    Tage

    Sep 17, 2003
    So what are the benefits of active pickups if the electronics are passive?
     
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    from the emg website: