#1
I heard some guys talking about that because of how active pickups work, a good set can make a cheap guitar sound awesome. I know that changing a dead guitars pickups can bring it to lofe, but can active pickups really be that dramatic an improvement?
#2
You'd be better off asking this question in the GG&A section of the forums

Personally I don't really care for active pick ups, I'd rather invest the money it'd take to put them in a cheap guitar towards a better guitar that plays well
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#3
No, that's compressor pedals I believe.

Active pickups just sound like active pickups.
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#4
They made my old epiphone sound miles better.

However, it was an epiphone and had many other problems that made it bad.
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#6
Generally what I hear is active pickups have their own sound, much like some effects pedals or amplifiers do. While some pedals, amplifiers and pickups emphasise the natural sound of the guitar, some will always sound like that pedal/amp/pickup nomatter what you play it with. It's not necessarily that it makes a bad guitar good but that you don't need to worry about what you put into it to get the sound you like.

In other words, those little things you hate about your bad guitar - the way your hand sticks against the laminate when you do slides, the way it never stays in tune, the way you always get a dead note there no matter what you do - will not be improved even a little bit by your EMGs, but you'll be able to get that sick Kirk Hamlett sound.
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Generally what I hear is active pickups have their own sound, much like some effects pedals or amplifiers do. While some pedals, amplifiers and pickups emphasise the natural sound of the guitar, some will always sound like that pedal/amp/pickup nomatter what you play it with. It's not necessarily that it makes a bad guitar good but that you don't need to worry about what you put into it to get the sound you like.

In other words, those little things you hate about your bad guitar - the way your hand sticks against the laminate when you do slides, the way it never stays in tune, the way you always get a dead note there no matter what you do - will not be improved even a little bit by your EMGs, but you'll be able to get that sick Kirk Hamlett sound.

Nah, this is how you Kirk Wahmlett.

#8
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Nah, this is how you Kirk Wahmlett.



I've actually never heard Kirk Hamlett and I don't know who he is I was kinda bullshitting & crossing my fingers idk who metal kids wanna sound like
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I've actually never heard Kirk Hamlett and I don't know who he is I was kinda bullshitting & crossing my fingers idk who metal kids wanna sound like

Let's put it this way.

You can't make a Kirk Wahmlette without breaking a few eggs.
#10
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Let's put it this way.

You can't make a Kirk Wahmlette without breaking a few eggs.


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#11
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Let's put it this way.

You can't make a Kirk Wahmlette without breaking a few eggs.


That actually made me laugh.
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#12
Honestly?

No. They're a little more immune to how the guitar itself sounds but there's still an effect.
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