#1
I really don't understand the difference besides one takes batteries and can shape tone better and the other is just... passive. Is it really worth it to have active pickups?
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#4
Quote by BodaciousZac
What I don't get is the difference between active electronics and active pickups.


Active electronics: Basically just means an active(cut/boost) equalization system onboard.

Active pickups: Pickups that have relatively few windings (in order to have minimal resistance and therefore clearer tone), that need a preamp to boost the signal to a level that won't get lost between the bass and the amp.
Quote by MetalUpTheAss
Sounds to me like an excuse.

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#5
you can have active pickups and have "regular" electronics at the same time. ( my fender has right now but im planning on putting a BQC controll soon)

canadianpunk071 nailed the ehad of what is different between the two componently.


active pickups have a clearer sound with more focused bass sound.that is very fulland not as woofy. the highs sound more clear and the tone overall is less "nasaly"

passive pickups have a more vintage tone that is a bit woofy and nasaly.
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#6
Quote by Emergancy Exit
you can have active pickups and have "regular" electronics at the same time. ( my fender has right now but im planning on putting a BQC controll soon)

canadianpunk071 nailed the ehad of what is different between the two componently.


active pickups have a clearer sound with more focused bass sound.that is very fulland not as woofy. the highs sound more clear and the tone overall is less "nasaly"

passive pickups have a more vintage tone that is a bit woofy and nasaly.


um... nasaly? WTF.
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#7
Quote by SOCOOLITHURTS
um... nasaly? WTF.


Harsher mids.
Quote by MetalUpTheAss
Sounds to me like an excuse.

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#8
Active pickups have a lower impedence, but a higher bandwidth (i.e. quieter, but more accurate in frequency portrail). Active electronics boost the volume while making EQ adjustments in order to get a louder sound. Passive electronics are high impedence with more of a limited bandwidth, but the volume can stand on it's own without any power.
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