#1
Hey Bass forum,

I'll preface this by saying that I know nothing about how guitar/bass electronics work, so if what I'm saying doesn't make sense, that's probably why.

I wanted to know if it was possible to add a passive pickup to an active bass; like, not replace one of them, just add an extra passive one.

I'm using a Korean-made Spector with two pickups, one towards the neck and one towards the bridge, so would there be some to way to, say put a precision pickup in the middle of them, or something like that?

I essentially want a way to maintain sound if my battery were to suddenly die in the middle of a song, to get me through to the end of the song/set. If there's a better/less stupid way to do that (short of a backup bass), I'm all ears. Like piezo?

Feasible?
#2
It's possible but you'd have to wire up a seperate volume and tone pot for it an maybe more, i cant remember.
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#3
yeah it's definitely possible to add another pickup, just add the pickup and a volume control for it, but i think you can use the same volume control for both the passive and active pickup, im not 100 % sure though, but im pretty sure you can, also you would have to add a switch so you can select one or the other, its pretty simple after all, just some wires and some soldering, the site guitarnuts.com is pretty cool to learn about wiring
#4
There's no active pickups in a Korean Spector. Only passives, either EMG-HZs or the SSD-EMGs. That battery is powering an active pre-amp in your bass which has two controls for a bass and treble boost. If you REALLY want that passive P pickup then you better get routing.
You can wire in a switch that will bypass the preamp (personally I'd just use a push/pull pot on one of the existing controls instead of drilling a new hole for a switch) and just let the passive pickups run by themselves, which wouldn't be hard if you're good with a soldering iron.
You can also run active pickups with passive ones if you really want to, but it's a pain in the arse to wire, and not really applicable here.
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#5
Why go through the work of adding a pickup when you could one of this to your bass.
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