btw, whats the big difference between Active and (i guess) Passieve EQ's?
simply really..the EQ controls on your regular Marshall/Fender type amps work by CUTTING bass, mids and treble out of the mix.
The raw guitar sound comes through when you have all 3 EQ controls on 10. So if you have all three EQ knobs on 5, then boost your mids you're not really boosting them, you're just cutting less out. *
The whole passive system of cutting stuff out means you lose presence, dynamics, rawness of guitar sound. Plus you can;t add frequences that arent already there. With active EQ you're really boosting those frequencies up, so they cut through better and you have more control over them. Bit like why bass players like their active basses with onboard EQ.
* i've simplifed it a little bit..Fender and marshall amps work slightly differently when it comes to how the EQs work.