#1
I'm thinking about upgrading my pickups. Since Dimarzio D Activators are meant to replicate active pickups, I was wondering: if I put a D Activator in the neck and some other passive pickup in the bridge, would it sound any good?

Thanks.
#2
How are we supposed to know? It depends so much on what amp you're running.

I wouldn't have a pickup anywhere near as hot as a D-activator in the neck. It's going to be unusably muddy.
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#3
Matching pickups is all about volume/output differences. Experiment and see what you like. I don't think it would be unusable, but it certainly is a bit of an extreme choice output wise.
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#4
The D-Activator really doesn't sound like an active pickup. It sounds like a passive pickup trying to replicate the "active sound" - that is, the really broad frequency response. It doesn't really do that job - it still sounds like a high output passive (albeit a good one). That said, the set does work quite nicely together, though the nick pickup is without a shadow of a doubt on the bright side of things.

Dave from Revocation runs a D-Activator/Air Norton combo in his Jackson Warriors.

TL;DR: Try it out, but make sure you put the DA neck in the neck if you want any semblance of volume match. Tonal considerations are their own thing.
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