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Yamaha RBX-375 question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dogwillhunt80, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. dogwillhunt80


    Apr 13, 2012

    I was offering to trade my acoustic/electric Epiphone El Capitan for a fully electric bass and I got an offer for a Yamaha RBX-375.

    While the reviews seem great, one thing I've noticed is that it takes batteries for some reason.

    What would a fully electric bass need batteries for? I tried to find this online but couldn't find an answer. I know that for my acoustic/electric bass, it takes batteries for the pick-up but I can't see why it would on a regular electric bass.

    Could anyone give me insight to this? Thanks.
  2. Active electronics.
  3. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
    Active basses typically have a built-in preamp and EQ circuitry that has boost as well as cut.
  4. Active EQ, passive pickups. Personally, I had one of these for about a week & returned it. They feel cheap, the EQ isn't that great and I couldn't get the thing set up well, even with 2 luthiers looking at it. :( I would pass on it.

    There are also acoustic basses that don't need batteries. It all depends on the type of pickup used.