Changing from passive to active


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Aut
07-21-2005, 02:51 AM
I have a B.C. Rich with stock passive pickups and I want to change them with active EMGs (81/58). It looks like I can just take off the passive one's and put in the active ones in the same place as them. Is there anything I need to change to make active pickups work with the same wiring as passive ones? Thanks for any help.

MetalUpTheAss
07-21-2005, 02:54 AM
eh, you'll need to rout stuff, I believe.



Also, what the FUCK is a 58?

also, IMO, if it's a bronze, don't even bother.

Aut
07-21-2005, 02:58 AM
The EMG 58 is the original version of the 85 but a little different, and its a NJ neckthrough Warlock. These are really old pickups that I got from George Benson's guitar.

MetalUpTheAss
07-21-2005, 02:59 AM
I'm not sure, but since it's backwards routed anwyays (Right?) I'd try it out, you might not need to route extra stuff. I don't know about old ones, but the newer ones have "Quik Connect" stuff I beileve.

Aut
07-21-2005, 03:09 AM
Im not sure what you mean about routed backwards... but these don't have a quick connect cable. Its just one wire that splits into two, and one that goes to the battery.

sillybuuger12
07-21-2005, 06:15 AM
you need to find enough room for the batery in there though that's where the routing can come in.

seljer
07-21-2005, 06:24 AM
EMG give you basically give you all the stuff you need to install the pickups in the box.

Aut
07-21-2005, 03:54 PM
There is enough room for the battery to fit in the cavity with the pots in it. I got these out of George Benson's guitar because he was putting in different ones, so all I have is the pickups.

So it sounds like I can just take off the old ones and put the wires of the active ones in the same place that the passive ones were with no problems? I guess its worth a shot. Thanks for the help

Peace

seljer
07-21-2005, 03:59 PM
http://www.stewmac.com/wiring101/active_electronics.html

Seems like it.

Aut
08-26-2005, 01:25 AM
Allright, These pickups both have a plain red wire coming out of them which I assume is for the battery.
I bought some 9 volt battery teminals and they have a red and a black wire coming out of them. I need to connect this to the pickups and my question is this:

Does it matter which pickup connects to the black or red wire on the terminal?

Thanks for the help

tongue untied
08-26-2005, 01:31 AM
well- black goes to your input jack, and red goes to al lthe read wires from the pups

and youll need to buy a new jack i do believe-kiegon

Aut
08-26-2005, 01:35 AM
Allright... so there are special jacks for active pickups? is the black just a ground?

tongue untied
08-26-2005, 03:33 AM
^ basicaly yes- but you have to solder it to its own lug- as it turns the battery on and off, and if you dont put it in the right place- yo may have your battery going non stop


and its not a GROUND, per to say, but it kinda ascts liek one- kiegon

Aut
08-26-2005, 09:19 PM
whats a lug? it needs a switch to turn the battery on and off?

Thanks for the help

Aut
08-28-2005, 04:02 PM
help?

AlGeeEater
08-28-2005, 04:06 PM
Originally posted by Aut
whats a lug? it needs a switch to turn the battery on and off?

Thanks for the help
The two metal things with holes in them:

http://www.elderly.com/images/accessories/GEPT/EB6324.jpg

tongue untied
08-28-2005, 04:37 PM
Originally posted by Aut
whats a lug? it needs a switch to turn the battery on and off?

Thanks for the help

no- it doesnt need a switch- the new input jack- i bleieve its sereo- if its not, its the other one, acts liek a switch to activate the battery when you plug the guitar in- so it doesnt run all the time-

and yes^ those are lugs - kiegon

That_Pink_Queen
08-28-2005, 05:20 PM
No you only need mono.

power freak
08-28-2005, 06:25 PM
Originally posted by Aut
The EMG 58 is the original version of the 85 but a little different, and its a NJ neckthrough Warlock. These are really old pickups that I got from George Benson's guitar.
Off topic but I'm a mod so it's ok. :p:

Where are you located? I might want to buy those pups off you if they are Silent 58's! (The benson pups!)

:cheers:

Aut
08-28-2005, 10:56 PM
Haha, I live in Hawaii and their not for sale. sorry