#1
I've got a jackson dk2m dinky which comes with a JB TB4 in the bridge and Jazz SH2N in the neck. I really, really like the clean sound of the Jazz in the neck and i want to put in an emg 81 in the bridge because like everyone else I like the crunchy, powerful sound of zakk wylde's guitar although i don't know if i can mix the passive and active pickups?

I was gonna get the zakk wylde setup and put an 85 in the neck but i've been told they sound bad when playing clean and metal isn't all I play. So I'm guessing if i could have the jazz in the neck and 81 in the bridge i couldn't play the two pickups at once?

Also, i've heard that by wiring in another battery and bumping up to 18v the emgs sound better but i guess having only one emg then 9v is gonna be enough?

Any help would be great,

Cheers dudes
#2
1. It's not advisable to mix actives and passives. It's possible, but it's a crazy amount of work for a really small result.

2. Have you considered a different bridge pickup? If you want gain, try DiMarzio pickups, like the D Sonic or the Evo II.


3. The battery thing... ugh. It's a tiny difference at best, especially if you're not using a top-end tube amp.
#3
/\ i agree, there are plenty of good passive pickups out there that you could use instead (personally i prefer passive pickups, i have the zakk wylde set and i think they sound sterile).

putting in another battery does not 'bump' it up to 18volts. 1. the batteries can only run at the voltage they are rated at (which is 9volts), and 2. it would simply make the battery life longer (although not double due to the way it would be wired).
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#4
As I said in the thread on the other forum, and I fully endorse this -

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A friend of mine off of another forum put it like this (Credited to Joe: "GearJoneser")

"The Custom sounds big and well balanced in a Paul, and it's hard not to like, although the cleans don't clean up as much. For highgain, it rules the roost, even more than the Distortion or Dime. Think Zakk Wylde."
#5
archer, you can wire them in series or parallel, one would give double the battery life, one would give double the voltage.
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#6
1. It's not advisable to mix actives and passives. It's possible, but it's a crazy amount of work for a really small result.

2. Have you considered a different bridge pickup? If you want gain, try DiMarzio pickups, like the D Sonic or the Evo II.


3. The battery thing... ugh. It's a tiny difference at best, especially if you're not using a top-end tube amp.


+ several

Also, putting an EMG 81 in your guitar isn't going to make you sound like Zakk Wylde

Putting an EMG 81 in a Les Paul or other similar mahogany/maple top hard-tail guitar and running through a cranked Marshall tube amp will get you close, but out of those three the EMG is probably the least important.
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#7
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/\ i agree, there are plenty of good passive pickups out there that you could use instead (personally i prefer passive pickups, i have the zakk wylde set and i think they sound sterile).

putting in another battery does not 'bump' it up to 18volts. 1. the batteries can only run at the voltage they are rated at (which is 9volts), and 2. it would simply make the battery life longer (although not double due to the way it would be wired).


parallel wiring increases the battery life, wiring (2) 9V batteries in series will give you 18V.
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#8
Thanks everyone but i think i'm going to stick with my setup and maybe fool around with my effects and amp to try and get a better sound coz it appears to be that the setup i have is decent. Anyone know any good tricks with this jazz 'n' jb setup?

I've got a marshall valvestate and a ax1500g for my effects so it's hardly gonna sound amazing through it lol.
#9
Get the MXR Zakk Wylde distortion, it's much cheaper than any good new set of pickups, and will allow you to keep any tone about your guitar and amp combination that you already like.
#10
agreed... while different pickups have their own slight tonal differences, at least 75 percent of your tone is from your amp and effects, so your best bet is, instead of investing the 150 dollars for an emg 81, use that money for a better distortion pedal, or a better head or cab, etc

by the way, kudos on the jackson dk2m... i have a dinky as well, very versatile and good quality for being made overseas
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#11
Dude U should put a damn EMG hz A passive they sound gr8 u get a deep n fat clean and a a COB style death metal shred with those lil devilz
#12
4got 2 mention my gear:

Cort Evl Series k4
randall 50 watts amp
line 6 spider 15 watts amp
line 6 floor pod
uber metal distortion
dunt need any other pedals

Btw dude: u should consider getting a b bender gr8 4 really high sustain
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Dude U should put a damn EMG hz A passive they sound gr8 u get a deep n fat clean and a a COB style death metal shred with those lil devilz

EMG HZ pickups are crap. That's why they are put on the crappier models of guitars. Alexi Laiho's sig ESP is not as good as the Jackson rr24, and the EMG 81> EMG HZ.
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#14
Danno is right. Its not advisable to mix actives and passives together. Get a Bill Lawrence L500 or a Super Distortion or an Evolution pickup or something. All of those pickups are good.
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+ several

Also, putting an EMG 81 in your guitar isn't going to make you sound like Zakk Wylde

Putting an EMG 81 in a Les Paul or other similar mahogany/maple top hard-tail guitar and running through a cranked Marshall tube amp will get you close, but out of those three the EMG is probably the least important.


agreed. the tube amp and the Mangohny are more important. EMGs are good pickups though
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