#3
It can be done, but if the guitar isn't already set up for active pickups you'll need to do some routing as well as wiring. Plus, you'll need appropriate tone pots, etc.
#4
dont bother too much of a pain in the ass to work out the wiring and then you have the volume difference where the active would be louder than the passive
#5
^yeah and they have passive that sound pretty "active" now. so maybe think about doing both, passive or both active.

off EMG site...
Can I mix EMG's with passive pickups?
It is possible to mix EMG's with passive pickups. There are three possible wiring configurations; one is better than the other two.

Use the high impedance (250K-500K) volume and tone controls. The problem is that the high impedance controls act more like a switch to the EMG's. The passive pickups, however, will work fine. If you have a guitar with two pickups and two volume pots, with a three-way switch, there is another alternative. Use the 25K pots for the EMG, and the 250K pots for the passive pickup. This way you can use one or the other with no adverse affects, but with the switch in the middle position the passive pickup will have reduced gain and response.

Use the low-impedance (25K) volume and tone controls provided with the EMG's. The problem here is that the passive pickups will suffer a reduction in gain and loss of high-frequency response.

This is the best alternative. Install an EMG-PA-2 on the passive pickups. There are two benefits to doing this. With the trimpot on the PA-2, you can adjust the gain of the passive pickups to match the EMG's. The PA-2 acts as an impedance matching device so you can use the low-impedance EMG controls (25K) without affecting the tone of the passive pickups. You will also be able to use other EMG accessory circuits such as the SPC, RPC, EXB, EXG, etc. For this application, we recommend ordering the PA-2 without the switch for easy installation on the inside of a guitar.
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#7
yeah, plus it doesnt sound "great" after all that work. hardly worth ur time. but i had that link, thought id put it up.
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#8
Don't mix actives and passives. It's that simple. It can be done, but the results sound less than stellar. You'll find yourself either crippling your active pickup, or passive pickup. It's not worth the hassle.

And in most guitars, you DON'T need any extra routing as ban rap suggested. In most cases, you can easily fit the battery in the control cavity. This can be a pain if your controls are front-mouned on a pick guard though. In that case, there may not be enough space in the guitar for a battery.
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