#1
Hey guys, lately I've been trying to sell my Les Paul which would leave me with only one guitar -- my Schecter Blackjack V1. It has SD Blackouts, which I truly enjoy. However, I don't often use the neck pup except for cleans. I will probably miss the cleans that my LP provides with its lower output passive pups. So I was wondering if Seymour Duncan makes a lower output active neck pup. I see that they make the Livewire pup, but I don't know if that would be any "cooler" than my blackout. I really want to keep a blackout in the bridge. Do I need to look at EMGs?

**Edit: I suppose I should add that I like warm, thick, and dark cleans as opposed to bright and zingy. I am playing into a 6505+ which makes that hard to attain anyway -- but my Les Paul can do it. However, I see that somebody just bid on my LP so I'm now definitely going to be down to one guitar. I can get by with the Blackout pup by turning my volume knob down a bit, but I never had to do that with my LP, and the Blackout was never as warm and thick as my stock Epiphone humbucker.
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Last edited by KailM at Oct 5, 2013,
#2
A lot of Epiphone's and ESP's own active pickups tend to have excellent cleans, but sound muddy through distortion. I haven't changed the pickups out of my EC330 because the clean sound is better than any of my other guitars. They're the ESP Designed ALH-200 pickups if you want to look for them used.

Just keep in mind that you're sacrificing your distorted sound though. Maybe sacrifice is a bit harsh of a word since it'd still sound decent enough, but you get what I mean.
#3
^^Well, to clarify, I really don't use the neck pickup while distorted very often at all. When I'm playing both rhythm and lead lines I vastly prefer the attack and bite of the bridge pup. But when I switch my amp over to the clean channel, I also switch to the neck pup. I play mostly extreme metal but I like my cleans to be warm and haunting with a lot of reverb/delay/slight chorus on top.
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#4
Quote by KailM
^^Well, to clarify, I really don't use the neck pickup while distorted very often at all. When I'm playing both rhythm and lead lines I vastly prefer the attack and bite of the bridge pup. But when I switch my amp over to the clean channel, I also switch to the neck pup. I play mostly extreme metal but I like my cleans to be warm and haunting with a lot of reverb/delay/slight chorus on top.

In that case, those pickups I mentioned would be nice ones to check out. If you're having no luck finding them, give the EMG 66 neck pickup a shot.
#5
if you just want less output then you can lower the neck pickup, the distance from the pickup to the string is a determining factor is the amount of output the pickup has. the further the pickup is from the string the less output the pickup will provide.
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#6
this thread has got me curious as to what would happen if instead of using a 9v for EMG's you used 4.5v's... 18v mod in reverse >.>


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this thread has got me curious as to what would happen if instead of using a 9v for EMG's you used 4.5v's... 18v mod in reverse >.>



Would sound like EMGs wih low battery level.
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Quote by rickyj
this thread has got me curious as to what would happen if instead of using a 9v for EMG's you used 4.5v's... 18v mod in reverse >.>



less dynamic range/less headroom.
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#9
Quote by gumbilicious
if you just want less output then you can lower the neck pickup, the distance from the pickup to the string is a determining factor is the amount of output the pickup has. the further the pickup is from the string the less output the pickup will provide.


I have tried that, but it doesn't seem to work that way with active pups. I still get tons of output even with the pup quite low. I've also found that I prefer the sound of them a fair bit lower than where most people say actives should be adjusted. So they are already set about where most people would set passive pickups.
#10
Have you tried the EMG 60? Not really low output but I really like its cleans.
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#13
^^^Yes, yes I know. That's how I get by right now. I was just hoping to find an active neck pickup that will provide a warmer, darker tone.
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