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Old 01-06-2013, 04:52 PM   #21
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WTF?
I only use passive pickups and I play in a Prog-metal band, so your logic just flew out the window. Besides of all the Big bands that use passives like: Scott Ian/Anthrax, Mark Morton/LOG, Andy Williams/ETID.....
Sure there are plenty of bands that do use actives, but your blanket statement is false

Huh? I didn't say Metal players only used Actives! I disagree with that greatly. Where'd ya get that from?
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:59 PM   #22
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Huh? I didn't say Metal players only used Actives! I disagree with that greatly. Where'd ya get that from?

my fault I skimmed the post and did not see the seymour Duncan statement
So I just give myself one of these for you
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:46 AM   #23
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I have a Laney LX-20R, and Ive heard that I should actually up my amp and get better sound and some effects first. Im not sure which route I should go, upgrading of guitar or getting newer amps and effects. For what its worth, I like Syn Gates cause he made me fall in love with Metal and hard rock, fav guitarist, Petrucci.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:54 AM   #24
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Can someone explain why passive pickups are better etc etc? Im not really fluent with the technical terms :/
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:54 AM   #25
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Im not very sure what makes an electric guitar better, what are the essential things to look out for etc, who's kind enough to give me a crash course hahaha
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:33 AM   #26
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Can someone explain why passive pickups are better etc etc? Im not really fluent with the technical terms :/


They're not better, just different. Some people don't care for them- for several reasons- and others use almost nothing but.

And you'll find even guitar legends on any side of that discussion.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:23 AM   #27
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Do you absolutely love playing your guitar? Does it feel as if it was sanded to the shape of your hand? Then upgrade it. No? Then continue your search for the guitar that does feel that way.

Very simple.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:48 PM   #28
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If you like the way the guitar feels and plays but just want to change the sound, then definitely consider changing the pickups. Now, you WON'T get your money back if you turn around and sell/trade the guitar, but you can definitely get a tone you love this way. Plus, you'll have something that no-one around you has, which I kind of enjoy.

I have a hobby of buying used guitars, and using them as a parts swap platform. I will typically swap out the tuners, the pickups, and PLEK them. I've built some awesome playing guitars this way, usually for way less than you'd pay for a top end guitar. I did this to my Epiphone (see sig), and it now plays like a 335, and sounds better, for half the price. I've done it to a couple of strats, and gotten high quality players for 2/3 of the price of my American Deluxe.

I'll repeat, don't do this if you think you'll be swapping the guitar soon, as you won't get your money back out. But if you basically like the guitar, you can get some notable improvements, particularly in the sound, with some judicious parts swapping.
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