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Passive pickups are what your guitar almost certainly has. They require no power and just pick up the vibrations of the strings magnetically.

Active pickups do require power, and use an onboard circuit to help the magnet pick up the vibrations of the strings. This ends up with a pickup that's much more aggressive/has more output.

Actives are most commonly used by metal players, because that's what their higher output and tone is suited for. However, they aren't limited to that, and some people use them for all sorts of music.
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Quote by cokeisbetter
Passive pickups are what your guitar almost certainly has. They require no power and just pick up the vibrations of the strings magnetically.

Active pickups do require power, and use an onboard circuit to help the magnet pick up the vibrations of the strings. This ends up with a pickup that's much more aggressive/has more output.

Actives are most commonly used by metal players, because that's what their higher output and tone is suited for. However, they aren't limited to that, and some people use them for all sorts of music.


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