#1
iv been lookig at the ibanez ART series, they have active pickups which require batteries, what exactly are active pickups? do they have to have batteries in all the time in order to use the guitar? cheers
#2
Active pups are basically designed for really really high gain and work best with tubes. You need to insert a battery to use them but it doesn't have to be replaced that frequently.
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#4
on those specific pickups i'm pretty sure i remember them saying they can be used both active and passive.
#5
no,
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#7
without batteries, you'll get terrible inaudible buzzing all the way. But no passive pickup performs like an active pickup.
#10
Active pickups have a very specialised tone and use. If you don't really know what they're for or how to get the best from them, you should avoid them. It'd be like getting an F-1 race car when you've only just passed your basic driving test.
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#12
The active pick-ups in those aren't really comparable to EMG81s or 85, or to SD Blackouts and Livewires. They're lower output.

Anyways, from the Ibanez page "New ARTEC-LZ active pickups (ART400,300) deliver high-output tones (2 AA battery operation)."
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#13
Active pickups weren't created solely for high gain. They were created for impedance matching and more even response across the frequency spectrum. They are not solely for teh br00talz - check out all of the jazz players nowadays that use actives, whether they be EMGs or Bartolinis.

Passive pickups basically rely solely upon current from the amp to create sound, whereas active pickups are (usually) lower-output designs that are converted to lower-impedance and optionally higher output by way of powered preamps. They are often used to increase clarity due to their inherently low resistance and lack of midrange hump.

I recommend trying that particular guitar with your particular amp and deciding how it sounds to YOU.
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#15
Quote by Tempoe
Actives are great.


Not necessarily.
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