Why are so many Ibanez basses active?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stuffedbread, Jun 24, 2020.

  1. stuffedbread


    Jun 19, 2020
    Iv'e been looking for a while and I still cant find a fairly cheap passive ibanez. Everytime I see a pretty nice looking Ibanez and I find out that its active.
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  2. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Hard to figure out the people at Ibanez but I'm guessing because active basses are their bread and butter.
    However, if you want an Ibanez and it has to be passive, I'd recommend this.
    Priced right at $500 and they have a 5-string model, too.
    That's the active_passive switch on the top horn.
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  3. equill


    Nov 25, 2010
    If it's that much of an issue, maybe bypass the preamp, or replace it altogether with passive controls? If DIY isn't feasible, any guitar tech should be able to do it easily.
    The pickups are passive; it's just the preamp that's active.
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  4. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    Take the pre out. There's probably $20 for some decent pots and a cap. Maybe an hour in time to do it. Can be reversed easily enough later if you change your mind or want to sell it.
  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    This might seem crazy, I don't know, so bear with me, but...maybe check out some of the countless other passive basses?
  6. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    This, or look for a used bass. I have this passive MIJ SR 600 from the early 90s. It has a fantastic neck too.

  7. Naviiin


    Jun 2, 2019
    To me, this is like asking why Fender does a lot of P and J basses. It's just in their blood. But if you want a passive affordable Ibby, your options new are the short scale TMB30 and the GSR180.

    I do think Ibanez should do a passive/active switch on all of their basses, from the cheapest to the most expensive. And then save the 3 way EQ switch for higher level, pro basses.
  8. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    What's wrong with active? My mid-tier 1405 has an active / passive switch but no tone roll-off.

  9. db59

    db59 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2015
  10. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Any good marketer will develop a market. They make decent active basses at a good price.
  11. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member

    They cater to a ‘modern’ tone crowd. Their lower tier offerings are usually passive.

    There’s a few on their website

    Lower priced lower number model numbers are usually passive
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  12. Bassdirty


    Jul 23, 2010
    They have models that have a EQ bypass to make em passive.

    The SR655 comes to mind, as I have played that one.

    Either way though, I can get any sound I need out of my active basses..


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  13. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid

    Jun 7, 2013
    I personally always enjoy the high frequency hiss when I boost treble on my Ibanez. I can’t imagine not wanting that!
  14. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    Obviously actives sell better for them. They wouldn't be apt to spend the extra on preamps if they were not making money on it.
    Embrace it if you want an Ibanez- active is not the devil.
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  15. jbhaugh

    jbhaugh Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2018
    ABQ, NM, USA
    I have found that the preamps on low end Ibanez models sound terrible. More than once I have picked up an Ibanez at a guitar shop, played it for a bit unplugged and really liked the feel, then plugged it in and just put it right back. To me replacing or removing the pre would be essential, because the low end models also lack a bypass foe the preamp. The cheap ones just sound so brittle and bad.
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  16. Maybe so they dont have to overlap and compete with Squier?
  17. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Spend around 600, and they usually have passive switches.
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  18. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Yeah, it seems to me that, with this tactic, Ibanez will never be successful. ;)
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  19. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    My guess would be that for the mass produced budget lines, an inexpensive active circuit might help sell more units.
    Passive basses have a more limited old school / niche appeal and good quality pickups needed to really do it right aren’t cheap.
  20. factory presets

    factory presets

    Mar 3, 2020
    While it's true you catch more flies with honey, it's indisputable that you sell more basses with shiny poopie.

    And I mean that most alliteratively
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