#1
While searching for a suitable bass to buy, I came across this, as stated by MusicianFriend.com:

The Schecter Omen-4 4-String Bass Guitar has active electronics, 6-bolt neck attachment, solid basswood body, deluxe tuners, and diamond bass pickups. The Omen-4 has 2 volume and 2-band EQ, maple neck with rosewood fretboard and jumbo frets. This is an absolutely killer bass for the price.


I have no earthly idea what that means, and I'd greatly appreciate it if someone could enlighten me. All I know is you have to switch the batteries every now and then.

Thanks.
#2
The pickups have a built in preamp, although I'm not entirely sure what difference this makes.

They have a reputation as being better though.

http://www.harmony-central.com/Columns/AskRudy/004/

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#3
With bass guitars you often have active electronics: multi sections EQs that can also boost instead of just attentuate parts of your signal.
This also means you can plug you bass directly into the PA system or a recording device without much fuss.