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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by semborg, Sep 2, 2005.
which Passive bass do you consider most HiFi?
G&L ASATs/L2Ks are of course active, but when switched to passive mode I still find them very "hifi"...
T-Birds scream too.
totally passive, sounds like it full blown active. Can sound very modern. Best part a 37"B string which just kills (or a 36.25" E string).
By "Hifi" do you mean ****ty sounding scooped midrange and annoying clicky treble that interferes sonically with just about every instrument in the band?
fender roscoe beck V
Had an Acacia with Lane Poor Pups that sounded amazing, no pre.
But I would seriously check out the Fender Roscoe Beck.
Of the ones I've played/owned, I'd say the Modulus Vintage Jazz with passive Barts.
This one, no doubt about it.
Christof Kost Standard (pasive)
All basses are hi fi. They are instruments so they are 100% true to their source (which are themselves).
Or is there a bass player's definition of "hi fi" that means something else?
Fender '62RI gets my vote.
Exactly. The concept has no meaning when applied to basses. It's only significant when applied to *reproducing* sound. Basses don't *reproduce* sound, they *produce* it.
If by HiFi, he means 'active' then the Dingwall does this...but it can nail vintage sound too...but you're always going to get the tone of that long scale length no matter what pickup setting is used.
I agree with the general concept, but disagree that "hi-fi" has *no* meaning. It's easy to tell the difference between hi-fi active pickups and lo-fi passive ones... especially when the passive pickups are wired in series. In series mode (think Fender P-bass), there's a loss of highs and lows, and more powerful mids.
The Fender RB5 is a perfect example. Each pickup is switchable between three modes: series, parallel, and single-coil. Parallel mode is hi-fi (flatter across the spectrum), while series mode is lo-fi in comparison, similar to the P-bass pup described above. Being a P-bass kind of guy, I keep my RB5 in series mode.
Even though all pickups color tone to some degree (IMO), it's logical to say that they also function as sound reproducers. So, "Which passive bass is most hi-fi?" is a valid question.
To answer the question: I definitely second (or third?) the Fender RB5 as a hi-fi passive bass: keep the pickups in single-coil or parallel mode. The neat thing is that you can always switch to series mode for a less-fi sound!
IMO the answer is a Rick.
Spector NS2 with EMG's
Hi-fi indeed... but active!
Ahh yes indeed...then I'd go with a stock Lakland Darryl Jones with Aeros.