#1
I've had my JS30RR for a half a year or so now. I was thinking earlier that i needed a new guitar, and i really want one. But it's just i think it would be smarter to put some EMG's on and get a new amp and thats all id need. Right now it's got the Jackson stock pickups in it and i really can't compare it to other pickups cause im not an expert in all that, lol all i could do is read the ratings. So what do you guys think? Should i just slap on some EMG's and maybe a new amp or should i just get a new guitar. Because idk whether the JS30RR is up to par or not.
#2
Do you like how it plays?

If so, change pickups or amp.
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#3
whats your budget?
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#7
Well firstly, you can't just 'slap in' some EMGs. Active pickups require you to replace all the pots, input jack and capacitors.

Also active pickups are really specialised pickups. They're only any use if you're cranking a tube amp fully already and you want to push it harder. If you're not pushing a 50-watter up to full volume, or if you use pedals or preamp gain, then active pickups are useless to you, you might as well just be using low-output passive pickups in those cases.


I would suggest you get your amp sorted first, put all your money into that.
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Well firstly, you can't just 'slap in' some EMGs. Active pickups require you to replace all the pots, input jack and capacitors.

Also active pickups are really specialised pickups. They're only any use if you're cranking a tube amp fully already and you want to push it harder. If you're not pushing a 50-watter up to full volume, or if you use pedals or preamp gain, then active pickups are useless to you, you might as well just be using low-output passive pickups in those cases.


I would suggest you get your amp sorted first, put all your money into that.

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If you would tell us ur budget, we could help u more...
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#9
Quote by MrFlibble

Also active pickups are really specialised pickups. They're only any use if you're cranking a tube amp fully already and you want to push it harder. If you're not pushing a 50-watter up to full volume, or if you use pedals or preamp gain, then active pickups are useless to you, you might as well just be using low-output passive pickups in those cases.



Unless you just like the tone of EMG's, then all that doesn't really matter cause low output passive PU's won't sound like an active set of EMG's regarless of your amp situation.
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#10
... Except you could get under-wound Alnico II's and it'd shave the same tonal balance.

Active pickups, especially EMG brand, are as tonally bland and vapid as you can get. Even Alnico II Pros have more character and they're abysmally flat.

Or if you're just after a slightly different tone, save yourself a lot of hassle and money and learn how to use your EQ properly.
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#11
Yeah dude if you like how it plays then I would keep the guitar you want and change pickups/amp to get the sound you need.

But if you're looking for something different go try out some guitars and see what fits you. I just upgraded from a strat to a Schecter and I am so happy. So much better than just shoving EMGs in it. This guitar plays so much better.