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So at christmas i got a jackson dkmg (with an emg 81/85 active pickups)

I really like this guitar, the necks great, i love the design and the trem is pretty good.
However i have a problem. The emg pickups are really "grey" sounding, no colour to the sound at all. This happens no matter what amp i use it on by the way and i have swaped the batteries just incase...

Anyway, i was wondering if it is possible to swap out the actives for passives such as seymour duncans?
i read somewhere the emgs dont have the same type of wiring as passive pick ups, so is it still possible to switch from actives to passives?

i hope that makes sense,
thanks in advance
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#2
ull probs need new pots
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u could try a seymour blackout or livewwire but personally id go for the jb/jazz
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ull probs need new pots


like for the volume and tone dials?
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#5
Your whole guitar will need to be re-wired. Pretty much new pickups, switches and pots
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like for the volume and tone dials?

yeah and maybe a new jack too
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yeah and maybe a new jack too


any idea how much that would cost all in?
excluding the actual pickups?
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u could try a seymour blackout or livewwire but personally id go for the jb/jazz


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ok
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any idea how much that would cost all in?
excluding the actual pickups?

brand new pots from my local geetar shop are 6 pounds each and a new jack wouldnt be much at all maybe 20-30 pounds?

EDIT: alltogether of course lol
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picks ups about £60-80 each
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brand new pots from my local geetar shop are 6 pounds each and a new jack wouldnt be much at all maybe 20-30 pounds?

EDIT: alltogether of course lol


i got the volume pot in my peavey changed once and it was like £20 i think...
including getting it installed
hmm

im really not confident enough to do it myself lol
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#13
Yeah u'll need to pretty much replace your whole electronics system because actives generally use 25K pots while passive ones use 250K or 500K
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so basically, if i wanted to swap the actives out for passives, id need to get new pots (one volume, one tone), and possibly a new input?
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wait, what do u mean input? you mean an output jack or new pickups? what
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wait, what do u mean input? you mean an output jack or new pickups? what

someone up there said that if i was swapping from actives to passives, i'd maybe need a new input jack too (yeno like where the cable goes into the guitar)

im just trying to work out what id need to get done if i did get them swapped
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#17
You'll need new pots, and a new jack. The switch is fine. You could leave the stereo jack in there (standard emg jack), but you may as well replace it, so you can sell the EMGs as a complete kit.
You'll need to install a ground wire which is soldered to the tremolo claw in the back of the guitar, and solder it to the other end to the back of any of the pots. The EMGs dont need this wire (and shouldnt have one), but passives do.

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#18
That's an output jack...an input means that a sound is coming in, if you plug a 1/4 cable into your guitar thats connected to a CD player playing Brittany Spears you're not gonna hear anything, but what you plug in a cable there and hook it up to the amp it picks up the output of the guitar
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That's an output jack...an input means that a sound is coming in, if you plug a 1/4 cable into your guitar thats connected to a CD player playing Brittany Spears you're not gonna hear anything, but what you plug in a cable there and hook it up to the amp it picks up the output of the guitar

i guess that makes sense, ive always heard it refered to as an "input jack" though

to ormsby guitars: i'd probably keep the emgs anyway rather than selling them, would the jack make any real difference to the sound?
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#21
May I ask why you would hand on to the EMGs if you aren't using them? You could make a fair few bob selling them.
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#22
well you know i might go back to them in future lol
i like keeping hold of all the stuff i own just in case haha

i know thats probably really stupid to a lot of folk but meh
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