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    Tone Member StoRMiE's Avatar
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    Default NBD Active and Passive

    So I was gifted this MIJ thing and just got done cleaning it up and bringing it back up to snuff.

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    1988 Washburn B-10 Force ABT.

    So I have no idea how it works, but it's active with a push pull to make it passive. Also has a stereo jack. It's incredibly convenient and I'm loving how it sounds, I'm going from P to J to MM tones, going from punk to funk to metal to jazz with no effort.

    It had 32 year old strings on it when it was given to me, and what looked to be pretty much 0 fret wear so all I did was polish them. Aside from a couple minor dings and a handful of micro scratches that I could buff out, it seems to be like new. I'm not even getting static in the pots, it's like somebody bought it and just stuffed it in a closet for 30 years. I threw some stainless roundwounds on it and it sings, I was expecting it to be a dud or to sound like utter crap and it blew me away.

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    Default Re: NBD Active and Passive

    Nice! I love the slanted pickups.

    Got it setup nice and low? I like action you can wrestle with on a guitar, but on a bass like that the lower the better.

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    Low as the bridge let it go, I expected it to buzz like hell but it doesn't.

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    Nice! At first glance I thought that it was a Jackson. How's the difference between active and passive?

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    Default Re: NBD Active and Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by Demanic View Post
    Nice! At first glance I thought that it was a Jackson. How's the difference between active and passive?

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    When it's active the bass is clearer, louder, and more defined, mids have more growl, and the highs are crystal clear and sing.

    When it's passive it sounds a lot like a P/J but with a lot more balls.
    Last edited by StoRMiE; 02-15-2020 at 02:38 PM.

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