#1
hi i had the kfk set until somedays before they stopped work i am looking for new pickup set that will be close to that because i realy like them so much but the service is a bit awful i am looking for a passive set that will have the power of the actives can you help me out?thanks
#2
Well I doubt anything will actually go wrong but if anything does just replace the part that failed. There's nothing unique in the KFK set - it's just an 81/85 with a boost switch. . .

Just change the battery once a year and don't leave the cable plugged into the guitar when you are not using it.

Regardless, if you want passives that have the same or similar look into the DiMarzio X2N and Seymour Duncan Nazgul / Sentient and Black Winter pickups. There are options from Bare Knuckle and many, many others as well.

You can also just run a boost pedal instead of having that PA2 circuit in the guitar - same end result.

Also note that if you change from actives to passives you have to replace everything - pots, output jack, etc.
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#3
Quote by metalmingee
Well I doubt anything will actually go wrong but if anything does just replace the part that failed. There's nothing unique in the KFK set - it's just an 81/85 with a boost switch. . .

Just change the battery once a year and don't leave the cable plugged into the guitar when you are not using it.

Regardless, if you want passives that have the same or similar look into the DiMarzio X2N and Seymour Duncan Nazgul / Sentient and Black Winter pickups. There are options from Bare Knuckle and many, many others as well.

You can also just run a boost pedal instead of having that PA2 circuit in the guitar - same end result.

Also note that if you change from actives to passives you have to replace everything - pots, output jack, etc.

thanks for your help one more question can actualy the pickups die because of 18v mod?i had them like this for some months and not problem
#4
Quote by petros1988
thanks for your help one more question can actualy the pickups die because of 18v mod?i had them like this for some months and not problem

No. EMG's can safely run up to 27V and the current draw for these pickups is tiny. Which explains why the batteries last such a long time.
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#5
First have you done some troubleshooting to isolate the reason why they stopped working, wiring, battery lead, etc? If not try that first you can save a lot of money by fixing a minor problem instead of replacing the entire setup. From my experience EMGS are pretty reliable.

If you really like the sound just get a new set of 81/85 and a boost if you want rune the 18v mod and your set.

If you really want to try passives the Nazgul/Sentient set is a good option also the D-Activator from DiMarzio has a nice tight punchy sound not quite active sounding but similar I have a set that came stock on my Ibanez XPT700 and I think they sound great.
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#6
Quote by Evilnine
First have you done some troubleshooting to isolate the reason why they stopped working, wiring, battery lead, etc? If not try that first you can save a lot of money by fixing a minor problem instead of replacing the entire setup. From my experience EMGS are pretty reliable.

If you really like the sound just get a new set of 81/85 and a boost if you want rune the 18v mod and your set.

If you really want to try passives the Nazgul/Sentient set is a good option also the D-Activator from DiMarzio has a nice tight punchy sound not quite active sounding but similar I have a set that came stock on my Ibanez XPT700 and I think they sound great.

yes i did check evrything also i email emg they tell me to send them with the receipt after they see in photo that all look ok but i cant find receipt until now but anyway i am from greece i dont have patience to wait so long (and i think shipping will cost me enought to send it faster)it start make some weird noises that day like a wave or like a wind and after some minutes nothing i try new battery other cables even direct to the amp with just a battery and jack ...thanks i will check the passive