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Post subject: Passive switch for active J-Bass?
Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:23 am
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I have an active Jazz Bass that I use for recording. I also want to use it some when I perform but most of the music that I play live requires a more passive sound. Is it possible to install a switch that would allow me to play passive?


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Post subject: Re: Passive switch for active J-Bass?
Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:13 am
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Wich active Jazz Bass do you have ?

This one ? https://p4.zdassets.com/hc/theme_assets ... B_SISD.pdf

or show wich one here;

https://support.fender.com/hc/en-us/art ... e-Diagrams

Look here ;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFM5vyfEQ_E


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Post subject: Re: Passive switch for active J-Bass?
Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:46 am
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Thanks for the response.

My bass is like the first one. Now I have to decide the best place to put the switch, but I think I can probably fit it into the metal control panel if I rewire things so that I can have two sets of stacked pots. That would allow me to use the same metal control panel as a passive J-Bass that has only three holes. I think there's enough room between the last hole and the input jack on one of those to cram in a switch. That would be a good spot for it because it's out of the way where it would be unlikely to get bumped while playing.


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Post subject: Re: Passive switch for active J-Bass?
Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:34 am
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A mini toggle witch like this one may fit , check with measurement :

https://www.stewmac.com/Pickups_and_Ele ... tches.html

Best is to wired switch to the circuit and test before drill a hole in the chrome plate or anywhere.
I never do this mod and I cant't check your bass electronic. I give you these links to help you to the best of my knowledge.


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Post subject: Re: Passive switch for active J-Bass?
Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:21 pm
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Exactly what I was envisioning.

The other thing that's nice about being able to switch to passive is that you don't have to worry as much about the battery dying in the middle of a gig.


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Post subject: Re: Passive switch for active J-Bass?
Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:06 am
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F4U wrote:
Exactly what I was envisioning.

The other thing that's nice about being able to switch to passive is that you don't have to worry as much about the battery dying in the middle of a gig.


You are right.
I'll never go to a gig without a brand new battery.


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