- Oct 7, 2009
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Well here I am, back after this long hiatus. No internet... no good. But either way, to the subject at hand. As an ignorant teenager, I've always been fascinated with Active Pickups. Obviously when listenin' to guitarists like Zakk Wylde squeal harmonics every other note, I ask the question, "How does he do that?!" So here we go. Get ready for way more questions than you want. Active Pickups; Is the extra output worth getting an Active, such as a Seymour Duncan Blackout or EMG 81/85/60 over just another high output passive pickup? Do you get the same action, such as the trademark squealies and heavy tone? If a passive pickup does it just as well, what is it? Is it a good idea to rely on only one of the aformentioned pickups to function as an "all-around" pickup? If so, which one? If you don't have an easily accessible battery compartment on the guitar, would it be a bad idea to store the battery behind the pickguard? Is the battery life long enough to where it wouldn't be a, "too common" chore to replace them? Now that I'm on the subject of batteries and battery power, how much of a difference is there from the 9v setups to the custom 18v setups? With EMG sportin' these new quick connectors, it seems as though buying a guitar with original EMG active hardware would make pickup swaps really easy when changing between EMG's; but does this quick connector setup help the guitarist who already has, "old-fashioned" solder connections in their guitar? If a guitarists chooses to use an Active pickup, does that mean that the rest of the pickups on the guitar must be active? Do passives and actives not mix? Anyone who wants to add any questions to this, is more than welcome, naturally. I just tried to think of as many questions as I had and still have. I don't expect one person to answer all of these questions. The mere fact that you've made it to this point in the post, means you are a patient soul. Share some knowledge, because I, at this point, have none.