Active and Passive Basses

Tips & Tricks
Know The Difference

From warm and wooly to bright and funky, Daniel explains just what makes a bass active or passive.  

Hear The Difference

God is Able

Nice open chords and catchy riffs. Step on your delay pedal now.
The snare variations are what make this song so fun to play.
Australian 16 ths!
Get ready for the B3 and some strings!
God is Able
Song Key: 

My Victory

Love how this arrangement came together
Time to get creative!!
Straight quarter note vibe, think like a synth bass but play real bass!!!
Time for the synths!
Song Key: 

Login to post comments.


Great Post Daniel

Fantastic examples of active and passive. I also like how you noted your preferences along with describing the environments where each has advantages and disadvantages.

Keep 'em coming!


I purchased a G&L L-2500 that has both settings on it. So far, I've only played This is Amazing Grace in Active setting.

Thanks for all that you are helping us with on WA.

Active vs passive setting

You nailed it man, it's kinda like a different vehicle for each desired vibe.