#1
On a guitar such as an ESP (LTD) Alexi-600, that has a passive HZ pickup, would it be wise to install a gain booster such as this one?:

http://www.alpha-music.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=&idproduct=1283

Would that be possible, and if so, would it be a good idea? I know Laiho has an MM-04 gain booster installed on his guitars, but I'm not sure how to go about doing that.
#2
Not sure, but Alpha music is like Disneyland to me

You might as well get active pickups
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#3
Hm...I was thinking about just swapping it out for an EMG Active, but I was wondering how to get tone really similar to Alexi Laiho's. I'm not trying to be some fanboy here that just copies Laiho for no reason. I really do just want to get similar tone to him, and I figured since he runs an HZ pickup with a gain booster I should think about that too.

But any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
#4
didnt he switch to SD Blackouts?

anyways, I think it'd be a really cool idea to get a gain booster in your guitar
Last edited by -heartbreaker- at Oct 16, 2007,
#5
I don't see why it would be bad. Looks as if its an easy invisible installation. I guess I'm going to show my ignorance but what is the power source? If it has a battery it needs to be easily accessible.
I am an active pickups hater, so I would much rather boost a passive.
#6
Alright, I'm thinking about buying an EMG PA-2 to go along with my Alexi-600 (which I am about to order very soon).

Question: I hear that these gain boosters add a lot of white noise when used on the overdrive channel. If that is true, how can I have the added gain of the EMG PA-2 without all that unwanted noise?
Last edited by fixationdarknes at Oct 17, 2007,
#7
All gain boosters add some noise, some more than others, from barely perceptable to objectionable. I would check for reviews on that particular booster, but EQ or a noise gate may be the remedy. I personally don't think an active pickup and a booster would be a good combination.
#8
Hey im thinking of installing an MM-04 on my Explorer. Do you need to drill any holes on the guitar? Other than that it looks like a fairly simple installation, especially since the explorer is a New Century (All electric parts attached to its pickguard). And yes I also need to know if it's battery powered or not. Thanks
#9
im reviving this thread for a reason. i have an edwards alexi blacky that came with the SD blackout and the mm-04. it is powered off of just one 9v and i have so much white noise it keeps me from playing that guitar. idk if its bad circuitry in the booster or just a bad pickup. im in the middle of investigating this issue. the reason i am thinking that it is the p-up more than the booster is because the noise is just as noticeable when it is turned off and when on, it just makes it worse. im talkin about like a radio thats tuned to a station with no signal. its that bad. prolly will end up replacing the blackout unfortunately and hope to god its a faulty pickup