#1
are active pickups worth the extra price. i am thinking about buying some new pickups but i have never played a guitar with actives on it. i play a lot of rock music (mostly harder stuff but not too hard). would you recomend actives over passive. it would be nice to know the difference before i put any time or money into it. i know that they use batteries and have a pre-amp in them what ever that means. thanks for your help
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#2
what amp do you have
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#3
I find that passives are far more organic sounding than actives...
but they do lack that punch that actives give you.
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#4
seeing as you play rock though, id say passive... seymour duncan makes damn good passives
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#5
They don't all use batteries.
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They don't all use batteries.

all actives use batteries, all passives don't

i like my actives, they do give a nice punch, and batteries aren't a big thing because unless you keep your guitar plugged in all of the time they last 5000 hours of play time(at least emg's do, but that might be cut in half with 2 active pickups), and 9 volts are like 5 dollars a pack. i
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all actives use batteries, all passives don't

i like my actives, they do give a nice punch, and batteries aren't a big thing because unless you keep your guitar plugged in all of the time they last 5000 hours of play time(at least emg's do, but that might be cut in half with 2 active pickups), and 9 volts are like 5 dollars a pack. i

wrong you are... seymour duncan blackouts, and the dave mustaine livewires are actives and dont have batteries
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http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/humbucker/cutting-edge/blackouts/
active=uses a battery, look in these sections on that site:
description: 9 volt active humbucker
complete setup: comes with a "battery clip"
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#9
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http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/humbucker/cutting-edge/blackouts/
active=uses a battery, look in these sections on that site:
description: 9 volt active humbucker
complete setup: comes with a "battery clip"

touche... i feel like a douche now.... i dont know why i even thought they didnt have batteries....
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#10
actives act sort of as a preamp as the signal goes out from the guitar to boost the signal. correct me if im wrong
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#11
actives do actually have a powered preamp, that's what makes them "active". They use very weak magnets in the pup, so there is a lot less noise, and they use an active powered preamp to drive the signal. The only pups I know of that advertise sounding "like" an active, and not using a battery, are the Dimarzio Deactivators. The rest all use 9V-18V. You can get passives that can match the output and characteristics pretty close, but none have the natural noise suppression. They work exceptionally well for metal in that regard, low noise under high gain, and a tight percussive lowend. I don't know if I would go active if classic rock is mainly what you play, but they do have an excellent "crunch".
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#12
Quote by TSelman
They don't all use batteries.


if it's active, IT NEEDS A BATTERY

it depends on what you want, do you think that you need an extra punch in your tone, cause you can get excellent tones from passive pickups
#13
well what amp do you have first?

if you have an amp that already gives a great tone with even a piece of crap guitar.
you won't need actives.

but say your playing through a digital amp or a low end solid state (line 6, marshall MG, etc.)
then you might want to give actives higher consideration.

then of course, comes what style you play, actives are to my knowledge meant for a chunkier tone that metal players want/need.
so say your playing blues or classic rock, then actives are NOT what you want/need.

if your playing one of those styles, then look for some good passive SD's or DiMarzio's.
#14
Quote by MrDURPEEDURP
well what amp do you have first?

if you have an amp that already gives a great tone with even a piece of crap guitar.
you won't need actives.

but say your playing through a digital amp or a low end solid state (line 6, marshall MG, etc.)
then you might want to give actives higher consideration.

then of course, comes what style you play, actives are to my knowledge meant for a chunkier tone that metal players want/need.
so say your playing blues or classic rock, then actives are NOT what you want/need.

if your playing one of those styles, then look for some good passive SD's or DiMarzio's.


I heard that active pickups sound horrible through a SS amp. Thats just what I heard though.
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#15
Well, they don't actually sound horrible, just average. If you have a SS amp, consider getting passives, 'cause the actives wouldn't sound even half as good as they could.
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#16
Actives + SS = Mush
Actives + Tube = Reasonable
Passives + SS = Reasonable
Passives + Tube = SWEET

IMO, anyway, not a fan of actives, sound a bit sterile to me
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#17
They're only sterile if you are using a *ceramic* active pickup (EMG-81s are a good example). Put a EMG-85 pup in the bridge and a 60 in the neck and then tell me that they are sterile.
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They're only sterile if you are using a *ceramic* active pickup (EMG-81s are a good example). Put a EMG-85 pup in the bridge and a 60 in the neck and then tell me that they are sterile.



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