#1
I'm getting a new bridge pickup, and I was wondering whether I should get an active or passive. I know the difference between the two, but none of my local guitar shops have any active pickups installed in their guitars.
I play things that are around as heavy as Dream Theater.

I was thinking of either getting an Emg 81 or a DiMarzio D-sonic, although if you guys can think of a better pickup for that price (~100-120$), please tell me.
Thanks in advance.
#2
If you want to go active then all the pickups need to be active, otherwise there will be too much difference in output/volume. I'd personally go with passive, way more dynamic and warm sounding, the 81 is all about output and distortion and to me it sounds pretty horrible for leads.
#4
Go with the D Sonic if you're downtuning at all. I use it, and I couldn't wish for a better pickup. It also means you can leave your existing passive neck pickup in.
#5
go with passives. Actives are horribly overrated. And if you want lots of distortion just get high output passives.
#8
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If you want to go active then all the pickups need to be active, otherwise there will be too much difference in output/volume. I'd personally go with passive, way more dynamic and warm sounding, the 81 is all about output and distortion and to me it sounds pretty horrible for leads.


+1

Only way it will work is running Afterburner on the non-active pup. But by the time your done doing all that you should have just ran two actives..

I just wired up a emg 81 and emg hz for a customer and there was a pretty big volume drop. It worked and sounded fine but some sort of booster would be needed when you switched it to non active. Maybe a seymour duncan pickup booster if you didnt have room for the afterburner would work as well but your right back to spending another 50-100 bucks...
#9
also take a look at the tonezone.
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#10
You know, there's other active pickups besides the EMGs.

*cough* my sig *cough*
Ibanez S520EX with Seymour Duncan Blackouts
ESP EC401FM with EMG81/60
VHT Deliverance 60
Laney VH100R
Marshall JCM900 1960B
Maxon OD808
#11
If you're mixing actives with passives, the only bad thing is that it's very complicated to wire up and in my experience can crackle a bit when switching pups after lots of use. I found there to be NO difference in volume, but I've taken the passive out now (to stop the crackling) so can't get a clip.

I'd stick with all active or all passive purely for simplicity tbh
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#12
If you're gonna get actives, get Seymour Duncan Blackouts. They sound a lot better and are a lot more dynamic than EMGs are.
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