#1
Hey
I'm just about to start building my own guitar based on a les paul ... in fact ... the body is a les paul 'signature series'.

its probably a stupid question but I was just wondering what the difference is between active and passive pickups (i.e. how each will affect my sound). I've also heard that active pickups require a 9V battery ... would this mean i'd need to modify the guitar's body to fit the battery in or what?

Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks
#2
Yes, You should make a hole in your body to fit the battery... =]

I recommend Passive pickups... I find them better... but I think if you will listen to every guitarists that writes here you will be more insicure than before... =D

Sorry for my english..
Last edited by Roscio at Aug 22, 2009,
#3
Well, the 9V batteries in actives don't really get drained all that fast, they last very long. Still, I'd rather use the effortless passive pickups, just pick it up and play.
With active, you gotta make sure you unplug your guitar when you stop playing, the batteries will drain even tho you're not using the guitar if it's plugged in.

Sound, I can't say much, not enough experience with actives to compare.
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#4
He's right, It's more about preference and style.
Really, they are both great.
I have tonnes of artists that have both actives and passives.
Personally I'm a big EMG fan.
But there are a lot of passives I love out there.
The dimebucker, the Seymour Duncans have a lot of great pick ups. Like the Invaders.
And Yes, the battery is required, I change mine every 2-3 months.
#6
Great thanks
so what kind of passive pickups should i get if i want a slash sounding tone?
the guitar will mainly be used for hard rock / classic rock / punk.

I've heard Seymour Duncans are pretty good
but beyond that i really have no idea
(as you may be able to tell i'm not really an expert on pickups xD)
#7
Quote by JackO'Lantern
Great thanks
so what kind of passive pickups should i get if i want a slash sounding tone?
the guitar will mainly be used for hard rock / classic rock / punk.

I've heard Seymour Duncans are pretty good
but beyond that i really have no idea
(as you may be able to tell i'm not really an expert on pickups xD)


Gibson humbuckers, seeing as thats what he uses.
RIP Tom Searle.
#8
There are hundreds of passive pickups around and a lot more depends on your amp, of course. EMGs are brilliant but there is a view that they sound more like EMGs than like the guitar because they are a low output pickup and pre-amplifier. But EMGs and other actives beat any passive for pure volume and do so without a lot of background noise.
Best thing is to go along to a good guitar shop and compare two similar guitars that are active and passive through the same amp so you can hear the difference.
There should be room in the LP cavity for a 9v battery but cutting a hole for a quick-release unit is the best way. My Cort has that and I can swap a battery in 5 seconds.
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#9
Quote by JackO'Lantern
Great thanks
so what kind of passive pickups should i get if i want a slash sounding tone?
the guitar will mainly be used for hard rock / classic rock / punk.

I've heard Seymour Duncans are pretty good
but beyond that i really have no idea
(as you may be able to tell i'm not really an expert on pickups xD)

Slash uses Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II, not Gibson pickups like MH400 said. His amp plays a bigger part in his tone though.

There should be room in the cavity of a LP for a 9v battery if you get active pickups.