I was wondering, why wouldn't more brands feature basses in their line up that have a passive onboard EQ? You could have seperate knobs for bass, treble and mid cut (no boost). That way you could still make the same relative "tone shapes", albeit with less output than one with an active eq on board. As I see it, the flexibility and toneshaping possibilities would still be there, but without the hassle of batteries dying on you, having to replace them and having to unplug the bass everytime you stop playing. It might also be a bit sturdier, as there are no actual electronics, only wires. Just one less thing to break. I don't know the first thing about electronics, but I'm pretty sure this is feasible; I recall an old G&L bass that had a two band passive (cut only) eq. The L1000 I think it was. Would this be an improvement? Or am I overlooking some other benefits of having an active eq that you'd lose this way, other than having less output?