#1
Hey guys, i've been browsing new basses on the internet and keep coming across basses with Active EQ / Active P-Ups / Active electronics.

I've heard about these before but have no idea what difference it makes in comparison with passives..

Can anyone enlighten me please?


Thanks guys
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#2
active has a battery in the pick up/s.
EDIT: i wasn't sure of the difference myself, so i checked wikipedia,
"The main advantages of active pickups are that they can be louder than a similar grade passive pickup. They also allow more "headroom" and dynamic range. Active pickups produce less noise and hum compared to their passive counterparts "
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Last edited by moody git at Jan 31, 2009,
#3
Quote by moody git
active has a battery in the pick up/s.
EDIT: i wasn't sure of the difference myself, so i checked wikipedia,


sorry guys, forgot to google and wiki
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#4
Active basses usually have a more hi-fi sound
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#7
Not really, active bass's can consist of these two things or have one and something else, a preamp and active pickups. An active rpeamp generally has volume, blend or second vloume, bass, treble, and mids. This makes the bass much more versatile as you can dial in more tones. Also a passive\active switch is pften included, so you can bypass the active preamp. They eithier run of 9v or 18v.

Active pickups are just extra hot pickups which are also connected to a battery.

Preamps can be connected to eithier passive or active pickups it comes down to personnal preference.

This defiantly does not make your bass mpore hi-fi, it just means you can dial in a hi-fi sound or an old-school rock etc.
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#8
Quote by fatgoogle
Active pickups are just extra hot pickups which are also connected to a battery.

Preamps can be connected to eithier passive or active pickups it comes down to personnal preference.


Active pickups are very low output pickups with a battery to put them at the correct output to make a sound.

Some preamps can only be fitted to passive pickups due to resistance issues. Others work fine with both.
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#9
if your looking to purchase one i would deffently say to get a LTD, i have one and enjoy greatly
#10
fatgoogle is correct.

My bass has an active preamp and passive pickups. The active preamp give me the ability to massively shape my tone. I can get almost any tone I want, and it really does come in handy. For all the songs I play I am able to (on my bass) change my tone to fit the song I am playing at the drop of a hat. The passive pickups are great and I have never had a disadvantage to using them (especially with the active preamp)
#11
I'm pretty sure using an active EQ affects the other bands. If you boost the mids, for example, doesn't it lower the bass and treble?