I know he uses a 75 fender jazz bass with EMG pickups on. I'm wondering if the preamp on that bass is the original part or if its the EMG also. Does anyone know? I have a 99 fender american deluxe 5 with bartolini pickups and preamp on it. The tone and sound is great when I play it by itself, but when played with a band, it just gets lost. So I thought changing the pickups might help. So I was searching the EMG pickups and found out there are passive and active pickups. What are the passive and active pickups? I've never heard of the active pickups. Do I have to get the matching pre to the active pickup? or can I just get the EMG active pickup and use it with other preamp? I want to know how Alex Al used them, want to know if its possible to put EMG pickup and Bart preamp that I'm using together and want to know how you think its gonna work if anybody had used that combo.