#1
I hear it's a royal pain but it would open a lot more options for mein terms of guitar shopping. Thanks in advance guys!
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#3
I've never done it, but surely you just remove the 9v and wire to relevant pots?
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#4
as long as the pickups you want to replace the active ones with fit in the pick guard/body cavity then it is as simple as changing a set of pickups on any other guitar. really the only differences with the wiring for active and passives are that actives have a battery and a stereo input jack and depending on the pickup different value pots.
#5
Should be easier considering there's no battery to mess with. I think my EMG's came with 25k pots and passive pickups normally use 250-500k pots.
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#6
It's easy.
I did it to my Ibanez RGA. Before that I had never even held a soldering iron...so I figured it out as I went along and result was great...so I'd say easy. Just look up schematics and figure out which components you need and it's easy.
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#7
you will need to basically rewire the guitar. youll need new pots and new pickups. it isnt really any harder than a normal swap, you just have to keep in mind youll be wiring in all new stuff, not just swapping existing connections
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#8
Not to derail or anything, but will changing the pots in my guitar from the stock active EMG pots to passive (250-300k) pots make them louder or improve their tone?
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Not to derail or anything, but will changing the pots in my guitar from the stock active EMG pots to passive (250-300k) pots make them louder or improve their tone?


I will make them sound weak.

Keep mind active guitars have 3 prongs on the input jack and passive have 2. Typically EMG uses 250K pots if I remember correctly and normal passive buckers use 500K.

Like said above- if the new pick-up will fit in the cavities then new pots and an input jack would have you ready to go. ****Also you must ground your bridge. Active pick-ups do not require a ground for the hardware. It currently may not be grounded and you should check this.
#10
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Keep mind active guitars have 3 prongs on the input jack and passive have 2. Typically EMG uses 250K pots if I remember correctly and normal passive buckers use 500K.


I was under the impression that EMG use 25k pots, not 250k.
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#11
EMGs and similar actives use 25k pots, whereas passives use between 250k-1meg pots. it isn't THAT hard to rewire a guitar, by the way.
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#12
Bottom line, very easy but replace the pots with 250-500k, I prefer good CTS 500k pots but you WILL need to replace to at least 250k, cheap any local guitar center or mom and pop shop sells them.
#13
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I was under the impression that EMG use 25k pots, not 250k.



EMG use 25k not 250k.

the only thng that concerns me about the swap is the string grouding. when you run active pickups, you don't have that (normally bare) wire that grounds the strings like you would have with passives.

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#14
^Yes - the ground wire is going to be key. It really depends on what guitar it is. Something with a trem should be easy enough to add a ground wire to, but you may need to drill a hole for it.

As for the rest, as mentioned before, it's going to be a complete rewiring of the guitar, minus the selector switch and the output jack. The pots and tone cap have to go.
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I was under the impression that EMG use 25k pots, not 250k.


Thanks. Been a while since I installed them. Extra zero on the end shouldn't effect operation, right?
#17
Other than grounding the bridge it shouldn't be too bad. As long as you have some knowledge of how electronics flow I.E. Can you wire a guitar without looking at a diagram? Even with a diagram, its easier if you understand why your soldering things where they are being soldered.
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