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    Question Sterling Ray 34 HH

    Hello & greetings from England! This is my first ever post! Iíve looked on the interwebs & am getting mixed results.

    Now I know the bass as an active preamp (9V battery etc), but can anyone answer me the question of: are the pickups active or passive?

    Thank you!

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    Welcome to the Forum.

    I believe the pickups are passive. Some of the other guys here may reply soon and confirm either way.
    Last edited by Rod Trussbroken; 10-09-2020 at 05:54 PM.

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    Thank you, hopefully they will.

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    *bump*

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    Having seen the real innards and some wiring drawings for various MMs, I have never seen power delivered to the PUs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
    Having seen the real innards and some wiring drawings for various MMs, I have never seen power delivered to the PUs.
    Passive they are then. Thank you. =)

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    another vote for passive pickups



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    Passive. I'm not sure how many companies besides EMG make bass pickups with a preamp built into the actual pickup.
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    Thanks guys! Much appreciated! Active circuitry, passive pickups! Question answered! =D

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    I would say.....passive.....passive aggressive!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brash47 View Post
    I would say.....passive.....passive aggressive!!

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    Yeah man

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    Another question if anyone wouldn’t mind? I’ve used basses with active pickups in them for years, (Fender, Sadowsky) on the amp setting would you push the pad button in (-15dbs) or not with these?

    Thanks!!!

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    I don't with a normal Stingray but anything with 18 volt electronics (eg Bongo or Stingray Special) I would. The reason is you would need to set the input at a level to avoid it clipping - a normal Stingray, unless played incredibly aggressively, doesn't clip at reasonable input levels - I've found with basses with 18 volt electronics they will clip earlier - so using the pad button can help then.

    Presuming the Ray 34 is very similar to a Stingray I wouldn't use the pad button but experiment for yourself and see what suits you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drTStingray View Post
    I don't with a normal Stingray but anything with 18 volt electronics (eg Bongo or Stingray Special) I would. The reason is you would need to set the input at a level to avoid it clipping - a normal Stingray, unless played incredibly aggressively, doesn't clip at reasonable input levels - I've found with basses with 18 volt electronics they will clip earlier - so using the pad button can help then.

    Presuming the Ray 34 is very similar to a Stingray I wouldn't use the pad button but experiment for yourself and see what suits you.
    Thank you very much, Is the first time I’ve had a bass with passive pickups, Every day is a school day, thank you for the information most kind of you

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    Might be a good idea to use the pad, I play aggressively with a pick, Jason Newsted style.

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