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Posted by splatbass (18.104.22.168) on February 18, 2002 at 22:10:18:
In Reply to: bass amp question. posted by joseph on February 18, 2002 at 19:27:52:
: Hi, I am a 35 old man who has desided to to learn the bass guitar,(encouragement would be helpful!) anyway, I have just got a early 80's lab series L2 amp head, 100 watts with a early 80's fender 15 inch bass cabinet for only $150 buck's. I am very happy with it, but there are two input jacks, high and low. I know one is for an active bass and one is for a passive bass, I don,t know which is which, no info availible on the amp online, Help!
I'm not sure if high means high impedence (like a passive pickup) or high output (like active). The best way to tell is to plug your bass into each and see which is louder. The louder one will be for passive. The active one "pads" (cuts the input level) to make up for the (usually) more powerful active pickups. This test should work whether you have an active or passive bass, just keep the volume on the bass the same for both inputs. By the way, you can use the "wrong" input if it sounds good and doesn't cause distortion. My Tobias Toby Pro 4 is active, but has lower volume than any of my passive basses, so I use it in the passive input on amps that have one.
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