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Passive/Active electronics


mattski_dup1

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Hey guys. I just recently bought a Galveston 7 string bass with Passive/Active electronics. I bought the bass used, which is why it only cost $750 instead of $1600. I didn't even know it had the P/A's until after I brought it home, and on passive the bass sounds beautiful. However, after discovering the active elec's, I decided to try them, and found out that they sound very buzzed-out, almost muffled as if playing through a blown out speaker (a little bit of exaggeration there, but you get the point). I'm not sure exactly how P/A's are suppossed to work having never had a piece with them equipped before. Can someone tell me if I should soak money into getting them fixed, or are they as they should be now? (my friend said "that's how active electronics sound, man..." but I'm not convinced). Thanks!
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That was my first thought, too. If that doesn't do it (or doesn't do all of it), check your imput gain level at the amplifier; active electronics put out a higher level from the instrument, & that can cause clipping or distortion at gain levels at which passive basses are often used.
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While it's probably the battery, I don't know what kind of amp you have. I have an old bit of junk amp, and my active circuit can overdrive the preamp in the head. I went to a store and tested it in a GK800 to be sure that it was my head....

 

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