#1
My knowledge on pickups is not all that great. Ive been reading something about changing the battery or something in a pickup. Whats that all about? Ive also seen pickups online where it describes there being no battery needed. Any help is appreciated.
#2
Basically, active pickups give a bigger output, so the battery in them needs to be charged, whereas normall pickups just get hooked up into the elctrics...yeah, not a great explanation, but I tired
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#4
Two main types of pickups typically used in guitars. Passive magnetic coil pickups (usually identifiable by the silver circles across the pickup) ... these are self-dependent and require no battery.

Active pickups are the type that do use batteries. Every once in a while you must put a new battery in your guitar. These pickups basically have an amp built in and power themselves. Some prefer the active pickups because they usually give a more powerful, fuller sound with a better sustain.

basically active are better quality but require a battery, and are more expensive.

I'm no guitar expert so others feel free to correct me if i'm wrong on this information....
#6
basically active are better quality



No. Active doesn't mean better quality it means more output/gain.
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#7
yeah active pick ups need batteries because the run independently and passive pickups dont cause the run off of the power put through the guitar
active pickups normaly sound good as long as they have fresh batteries but ive heard some really nice passive pickups so neither are really better then the other
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Two main types of pickups typically used in guitars. Passive magnetic coil pickups (usually identifiable by the silver circles across the pickup) ... these are self-dependent and require no battery.

Active pickups are the type that do use batteries. Every once in a while you must put a new battery in your guitar. These pickups basically have an amp built in and power themselves. Some prefer the active pickups because they usually give a more powerful, fuller sound with a better sustain.

basically active are better quality but require a battery, and are more expensive.

I'm no guitar expert so others feel free to correct me if i'm wrong on this information....


even though i like my active EMG81/85s, active does not always mean better. Because it has such a high output, it is easier to get unwanted noise, especially if paired with an already noisy amp. active pickups are not always more expensive than passive, for example, bareknuckle pickups (passive ones) are more expensive than EMG 81/85s, which are active.
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basically active are better quality but require a battery, and are more expensive.


nah, not really. better for certain applications, perhaps (and even then, it's debatable).
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#10
I find my emg 81-60 pretty much all around. It'll play clean and dirty as they are. The advantages are that the strings are not grounded and they are virtually hum free. Those are big pluses and you also have the high output if desired. Roll the vol back to 7 and it's clean with high definition.

I like these pups in my lp copy (all mahogany). They say you can hear the individual strings and I say they're right.