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Warwick active to passive

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by zackthompson, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    I wanna make my active warwick corvette rock bass passive. How would I do that?
  2. Well, assuming that the pickups you have in there are the active MEC pickups, you will not be able to make the bass entirely passive. You could install a "passive" harness (volume-volume-tone or volume-blend-tone) but it will still require you to wire a battery clip to the pots since the active pickups need battery power in order to work.

    If you want to leave things as they are, you could install a preamp bypass switch which will bypass the preamp and give you just the sound of the pickups, but this will still require battery power.

    For a true passive system, I would suggest replacing your pickups for passive pickups. Then you can decide whether to install a passive harness as described above, or you can install an active preamp with an active/passive switch.
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  4. FiyaPowa


    Jan 28, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    I have a passive Corvette which I was considering switching to active. Do you want to swap the innards straight up?
  5. Kubicki440


    Feb 6, 2011
    Florence, Ky
    Or pick me Mr. Kotter, I have a corvette rock bass with the passive pickups. Will trade.