Hey, so I have a Kramer Focus 111s, and have recently been looking into replacing the pickups. And using the various sources (youtube, emg.com, dimarzio.com, etc,) from the internet, I have come up with three pickups with a very specific sound in mind for each, and was wondering if you guys would either suggest me new pickups, or tell me I'm heading in the right direction.

Here we go,

Neck Position: Seymour Duncan APS-2 Alnico II Pro Flat Pickup
What I what from this pickup is the purest strat sound you can get, one good for blues and some jazz. I will use it mostly clean, no distortion.

Middle Position: EMG-SV Vintage Single Coil Active Pickup
I want to use this mainly for hard/classic rock (Mainly hard rock), but I still want a strat sound, sort of like a David Gilmour thing. Mainly used with light distortion.

Bridge: Dimarzio DP182 Fast Track 2 Pickup
I want this pickup to be HEAVY. I will use it for very heavy metal, so lots of High Gain going on.

So, I hope I will get some sort of feedback, and if you leave feedback, thanks in advance.
I don't think the EMG can mix with the single coils. Read more about that here. I'd just find a passive instead.
Specifically this.

Can I mix active and passive pickups?
This from EMG's website:

"It is possible to mix EMG's with passive pickups.
There are three possible wiring configurations; one is better than the other two.

1. Use the high impedance (250K-500K) volume and tone controls.
The problem is that the high impedance controls act more like a switch to the EMG's [either Full Volume or No Volume].
The passive pickups, however, will work fine.
If you have a guitar with two pickups and two volume pots, with a three-way switch, there is another alternative.
Use the 25K pots for the EMG, and the 250K or 500k pots for the passive pickup.
This way you can use one or the other with no adverse affects,
but with the switch in the middle position the passive pickup will have reduced gain and response.

2. Use the low-impedance (25K) volume and tone controls provided with the EMG's.
The problem here is that the passive pickups will suffer a reduction in gain and loss of high-frequency response.

3. This is the best alternative.
Install an EMG-PA-2 on the passive pickups. There are two benefits to doing this.
With the trimpot on the PA-2, you can adjust the gain of the passive pickups to match the EMG's.
The PA-2 acts as an impedance matching device so you can use the low-impedance EMG controls (25K) without affecting the tone
of the passive pickups.
You will also be able to use other EMG accessory circuits such as the SPC, RPC, EXB, EXG, etc.
For this application, we recommend ordering the PA-2 without the switch for easy installation on the inside of a guitar."

Can I mix actives and passives without buying EMGs stuff?
Yeah, but I advise against it. It's expensive (lots of pots and switches), complicated (see 'pots and switches'), and imo more trouble than it's worth (see same). If you REALLY want to cheap out and ignore EMG's advice, post and I MIGHT make you a diagram, since requests will vary widely. I don't like making diagrams unless I have to, due to my internet setup, so I hope you can follow written instructions...
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Last edited by salsawords at Dec 6, 2009,
Quote by salsawords
I don't think the EMG can mix with the single coils. Read more about that here. I'd just find a passive instead.

It says you can, but it looks like some extra work. I'd be willing to do it 'cause I really like the sound of this pickup.

EDIT: Yeah, I went straight to that thing.
Last edited by Ebucra at Dec 6, 2009,