#1
i dont want to be like 97% of people that play metal and use emgs
so can you guys give me a hand on what passive pick up to buy?
i play heavy metal , thrash metal , and hard rock?
any help would be awesome cheers
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#2
actually I suspect the majority of us use passive pickups ,,,,,

And you might wanna check out bareknuckle, or swineheads,
And think hard about your reason for wanting passives cause the way you phrase it leaves me wondering as to your motives,,,

Do you want passives for their tone qualities or just because you dont wanna look like everyone else using EMG's? cause their are other actives and even actives only make up a small part of your sound
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#3
There's a new active pickup, the Seymore Duncan Blackout ,so you don't HAVE to buy emgs if you want actives.
#4
And Dimarzio do a decent one
The D-activator i think , you'll have to check on that though am not sure
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#5
If you can get a Caparison pickup second hand, get it. I highly recommend those. I've tried a couple of p-ups, but these are the best. Fat tone for rythm, lots of sustain and harmonics and just awesome for lead.
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#7
+1 on duncan jb's and d-activators
if u want a really extreme passive go for the X2N Dimarzio
#8
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There's a new active pickup, the Seymore Duncan Blackout ,so you don't HAVE to buy emgs if you want actives.


Yeah, there's all sorta of people making them now - Christ, even Epiphone have just churned one out, that could be Interesting to see how it works.
On the passive, I second the D-Activators or maybe go for a high end Duncan, like a Dimebucker or a distortion (6 or something)
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#9
seriously though dude, if you play metal like thrash and stuff EMG's are popular for a reason ,,, have you tried em out?
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#10
A new amp.



I would steer clear of the JB; a little too thin for heavier metal styles in my opinion.
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#11
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I would steer clear of the JB; a little too thin for heavier metal styles in my opinion.

Yeah, its a great sounding pickup, but not the best for CHUGGA CHUGGA metal, though I do think it sounds fairly good on a down tuned guitar, as it stays nice and tight and the down tuning makes up for its lack of bottom end. That said, try its cousin, the Distortion; same thing as the JB, but with a ceramic magnet for more bottom end.
#12
what amp have you got, what's your guitar, and could you narrow down those genres a bit? also, rough budget?
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#14
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i beleive theres a pplassive emg..


Yep, the HZ's. But stay away from those, as they sound nothing like the actives... nor do they sound very good in general.

I would say Dimarzio D-Activators, but I've always been against non-conformity if there is no real reason behind it. If you truly don't like the sound if EMG's, then okay. But don't not get them purely because you don't want to look like everyone else. They are great pickups for what you play. Like sajuuk said, they are popular for a reason. It's like saying you don't want to use a Marshall because every single stage seems to be covered in them. Well, there is a reason for that as well.
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