The all-new Caprice and Cutlass basses are Ernie Ball Music Man’s first fully passive basses. For the uninitiated, active basses have built-in pre-amps that boost signal from the bass to the amp. Generally, this makes most active basses very up-front and clean in their sound. Passive basses, on the other hand, have no built-in pre-amps. All the sound coloration comes from the amp, or any other effects the bass is plugged into. This generally results in a more low-fi, old-school bass sound. Results may vary, but those are the general principles.Our new passive basses are influenced by the vintage stylings of our new StingRay and Cutlass electric guitars, providing a familiar and classic design quality, but also modern playability. Both feature brand-new body styles and a brand-new Ernie Ball Music Man bridge.
CapriceOur engineers compared and contrasted a variety of the most sought-after pickups in passive basses, and hand wound dozens of prototypes until they found the exact tone they were searching for. Where our active StingRay basses provide a punchy and in-your-face sound, these new passive basses provide a warmer and mellower tone.
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