what is passive and active

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jphase88, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. jphase88


    Jul 17, 2004
    New Jersey
    what exactly is a passive bass and what exactly is a active bass? some amps have 2 jacks and one says passive and the other says active. what is an example of a passive bass and an example of a active bass? sorry if this was posted b4. i searched but didnt find any.
  2. An active bass can easily be defined as one that uses a battery (thus making a passive bass being one that doesn't use a battery). They usually have an onboard preamp. Some have a higher output than passive basses, thus the extral input on some amps.

    Or you could just follow Jazz Ad's link... :(
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    You can only answer the same question that many time before getting fed up with it and making a FAQ :).