#1
I'm looking for pickups that are naturally passive, but can have an active "Boost" like, some added coil that effectively (when activated) make the one pickup in to 2, more or less. Like, active, yet still functioning as passive simultaneously.

Does this exist, or has anyone made a mod/alteration they'd care to share some schematics/ideas for?
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#2
Well, basically, active pups simply have an internal preamp. My closest solution would be to get some passive PAF-style pickups, nothing too high-gain, and installing an EMG Afterburner.
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#3
well active pickups are technically passive without the battery if im not mistaken. maybe you could use active pickups with a killswitch type mod to kill the battery when you dont need that "boost". this is hypothetical of course as ive never done it but it seems like it might work.
#4
Without the battery, actives have almost no signal. You could just use actives, and roll back the volume knob?
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well active pickups are technically passive without the battery if im not mistaken. maybe you could use active pickups with a killswitch type mod to kill the battery when you dont need that "boost". this is hypothetical of course as ive never done it but it seems like it might work.


No, this isn't true.

Actives need a battery to run. Without the power, the preamp doesn't function.
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well active pickups are technically passive without the battery if im not mistaken. maybe you could use active pickups with a killswitch type mod to kill the battery when you dont need that "boost". this is hypothetical of course as ive never done it but it seems like it might work.


Can't do that. Once the battery is dead or the signal is cut those pickups wont work. Well, they will technically but the volume will be so low you can't hear them.

I'm not sure how it is done, but the closest thing to getting active/passive pickups would be installing passive pickups along with an active boost. Kind of like what I have on my DK2 Firestorm.
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#8
my actives still have a signal with no battery but there probably is a better way
#9
Ya EMG makes something like what you described. Alexi Laiho used one himself as well when he used passive pickips (I think he uses actives now).
#11
you can get a blackout modular preamp and wire it some way that when you flip a switch it turns the preamp off. i have no idea how you would have to wire it for it to do that but thats the best i got.
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#12
thats basically what active pickups are. it sounds more like youre interesting in like a boost or something, like the zakk wylde afterburner i think its called.

either that or the modular preamp, which im sure you can wire to have it on a bypass switch
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#13
As some of the other posters mentioned, get an active modular preamp, it's the best answer to what you are seeking.

I also remember there being a pickup that is actually active, but if the battery dies midway, it will switch to passive operation. However I don't quite remember the brand or make of the pickup
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#14
You could totally install one of http://www.beavisaudio.com/Projects/DBS/ in your active-equipped axe. I would think it sounds different then just rolling back the volume, but then again I haven't A/B'd a dying EMG with a new batt rolling back teh volume.
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Aren't the Ibanez ones that you switch just passive pickups with an active EQ on a separate board?
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The Ibanez RGA72 uses CAP p/ups, switchable from active to passive.
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#17
But they still have the alnico/ceramic magnet. It's never TRULY active, just boosted.
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#18
Pretty close, there is definitely a noticeable difference in tone.
The active setting is as you said boosted and a lot hotter, the passive setting is sharper and has a lot more attack to it.
It's still powered via battery so it's convenient for gigging situations if the battery cuts out halfway through a song.
I like them a lot
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Aren't the Ibanez ones that you switch just passive pickups with an active EQ on a separate board?

The pickups are active too, but yeah, its just an EQ that cuts the mids.
#20
My mate was looking at this Godin guitar with 3 P-90s, which were passive, but could be switched to active. Maybe look in to how that's done?

It was the Godin Type 3, the pickups were Lollars.
#21
^That Godin just has an inbuilt preamp/EQ that alters the tone a bit. The pickups are still passive, but you get an active boost when you turn on the preamp/EQ.
#22
I've played an Ibanez that had a built in preamp with a 3 band stack and it was cut or boost.
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