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which Passive bass is most HiFi?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by semborg, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. which Passive bass do you consider most HiFi?
  2. loendmaestro


    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    G&L ASATs/L2Ks are of course active, but when switched to passive mode I still find them very "hifi"...

    T-Birds scream too.
  3. Dingwall Afterburner...
    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).
  4. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    By "Hifi" do you mean ****ty sounding scooped midrange and annoying clicky treble that interferes sonically with just about every instrument in the band?
  5. johans

    johans G.U.I - Groovin' under influence

    Oct 28, 2004
    the Bay Area, CA
    fender roscoe beck V
  6. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Had an Acacia with Lane Poor Pups that sounded amazing, no pre.

    But I would seriously check out the Fender Roscoe Beck.
  7. beadgc


    Oct 10, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Of the ones I've played/owned, I'd say the Modulus Vintage Jazz with passive Barts.
  8. jsbarber


    Jun 7, 2005
    San Diego
    This one, no doubt about it.

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  9. caruso


    Jun 13, 2005
    Bremen, Germany
    Christof Kost Standard (pasive)
  10. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    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?
  11. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    so true. :D
  12. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    Fender '62RI gets my vote.
  13. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    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.
  14. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    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.
  15. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    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.
  16. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    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!
  17. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    IMO the answer is a Rick.
  18. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Spector NS2 with EMG's
  19. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Hi-fi indeed... but active!
  20. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Ahh yes indeed...then I'd go with a stock Lakland Darryl Jones with Aeros.