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I wanna go from passive to active! anyone with knowhows please respond!

Discussion in 'How To & DIY' started by Coreyvette, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Coreyvette

    Coreyvette

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    So I got this awesome 2006 Corvette STD 5 with passive MEC DC J pups and the volume drop compared to my '04 $$ 4 is very large, so I wanna throw some active guts in it. I wanna keep the passive pups but install an active preamp, a push/pull volume/preamp bypass pot, pickup pan pot, and a stacked 2 band bass/treb pot. Which specific electronics should I use, what are some good preamps, and where should I take it to get the transplant?

    Thank you much!
     
  2. shaftbass

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    I think that's my old bass. Bought here from member JSmith. I live in Mt. Juliet and sold it to a guy who works at Pearl in Nashville about three years ago. I remember seeing this on Craigslist a few months ago.
     
  3. Henrythe8

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    Well, depending on what you're looking for and your taste, there are a lot of options.
    There is a comparison on youtube "bass onboard preamp comparison MEC Seymour Duncan Delano Bartolini" that can help you a bit.
    I heard very good things about Audere preamps, too.
    There also is the question of what kind of controls you want (Volume, blend, 2 or 3 way EQ ? )
     
  4. Coreyvette

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    Haha I got the bass on Ebay actually, so likely not, but I just played a show in Mt. Juliet on Tuesday haha. And I heard good things about the Auderes as well, and specter tone pumps, aguilar, and a few others, I'm leaning towards the tone pump or Audere. But I'm trying to stay with EMG electronics and just upgrade to what comes stock with the active Vette STD; push/pull and stacked bass/treb. Nothing exotic. But, Chris, when I found out Warwick was coming to Nashville yesterday, I freaked out! We should really look into applying for whatever career opportunities they have to offer.
     
  5. Coreyvette

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    Meant MEC not EMG, braing doesn't function this early....
     
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    emg and sd are both easy to install with an excellent price/value ratio.

    Afaik the double coil vintage pus have rather low output an you might look
    for something with a gain pot like bartolini pres.
     
  7. Henrythe8

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    TonePump works very well with active P'ups. Be sure to get the later version with a trim pot on the preamp as they tend to be supah hot. IIRC correctly, they come already wired, but not sure of what they have. Auderes are - from what I gathered around internet - pretty transparent so you have to be sure that you like the MECs sound.
     
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