#1
I'm Looking for a new bass and was wondering if it would be worth it to get active pickups and also what the differences between active and passive were other than the battery.
#2
Correct me if I'm wrong: As they have a live current running through them they have increased sensitivity and therefore more tonal flexibility.

I prefer active pickups in a large way, but that isn't to discount passive basses. Generally active pickups will be found more often on higher priced basses, where passive pickups cover a wider range of the spectrum.
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#3
active basses use a battery and often have an onboard EQ

this just got me thinking...why have active pickups and passive electronics. what would it benefit
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#4
i'm probably wrong about this, but I think active pickups w/o active electronics still sound more powerful
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#5
Active pickups are more compressed. The tones given off by them have a more even volume than passive pickups will. Active EQs are simply there for quick tone adjustments.
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Active pickups are more compressed. The tones given off by them have a more even volume than passive pickups will. Active EQs are simply there for quick tone adjustments.



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active EQ? is that like volume, bass, mid, treb, balance knobs?

hehe, knob...


the volume and balance arent part of the EQ
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#11
Active - less windings on pickups, allowing more even tone, but quiter, so active electronics are used to boost the signal along the cable.
#12
Quote by 4string-tsurigi
active EQ? is that like volume, bass, mid, treb, balance knobs?

hehe, knob...



yes, basically

fenders have passive electronics, so tone and volume.

actives (higher end basses, usually) will have 4 or 5 pots. or 4 with a stakced pot.

my bass is a 2 band EQ, with 4 pots, volume, bass, highs, and blend.

the bass i want has a 3 band with a mid switch
volume, blend, high mid, low mid, high,low

they get really complex once you go higher end.