#1
Hi guys, I am considering buying guitar, but cant really choose which of these pickups to choose, I have heard an opinion, that generally "active > passive", is it true ? I mostly play alternative rock, and need a warm tone.
#2
No, passive > active

A high output passive pickup will have more tone and variety in sound than an active one.
#3
Quote by FireandFlames
No, passive > active

A high output passive pickup will have more tone and variety in sound than an active one.

Therefore duncan invader should overrun emg81, right ?
#4
no. active is to passive as solid state is to tube in my opinion. passives have a greater tonal frequency range cuz the sound isn't processed electronically. if you just want an over-the-top huge sound get the invader, if you want a controlled chunky sound get the emgs.
#5
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Therefore duncan invader should overrun emg81, right ?


put it this way, Syn from a7x uses invaders, and Metalica uses emg 81/85/60
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#6
Unless you're for a tone suitable for metal, don't get actives. BUT I wouldn't go with the invader either, it's basically trying to emulate an active pup w/o being active and it's also a metal pup. Maybe a Duncan JB.
#7
amp?
guitar?
what stuff do you play?
what's wrong with your tone currently and what do you want to change about it?
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#8
if you get emg's get
81 (neck) 85 (bridge)
its better also if your going to get emg's make sure you dont need any clean
because emg's dont work very good clean
#9
I don't think the cleans are that bad with EMGs. Obviously there are better pups for it, but it's not like they sound like absolute crap. Metallica used EMGs for their clean tones live and they sounded great.
#10
if your going to get active EMGs
im pretty sure you need to make space somewhere for the batteries.
you might have it, but id go with the Invaders anyway. great cleans and dirts.
EMGs great dirts, decent cleans.
#11
Quote by zhunt1130
I don't think the cleans are that bad with EMGs. Obviously there are better pups for it, but it's not like they sound like absolute crap. Metallica used EMGs for their clean tones live and they sounded great.


They also have $9000+ rack setups.

Overall, the EMG's are tighter sounding pickups, but are slightly lacking in character. The guitars I've used that had invaders in them had a lot more character to them.

Also, Ride the Lightning and Kill em All used guitars with invaders in them.
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#12
Quote by SG Man Forever
They also have $9000+ rack setups.

Overall, the EMG's are tighter sounding pickups, but are slightly lacking in character. The guitars I've used that had invaders in them had a lot more character to them.

Also, Ride the Lightning and Kill em All used guitars with invaders in them.


Haha this is true. I wasn't away they used invader for the first 2 albums, but then again I listen to And Justice For All and Master of Puppets mostly.
#13
passive=tone
active=no tone
make your decision from there
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#15
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amp?
guitar?
what stuff do you play?
what's wrong with your tone currently and what do you want to change about it?

amp - Laney LX20
guitar - cort x2
Some rock (avenged sevenfold, saliva, maybe some guns `n roses covers)
It is not warm in any way, it is metalic, too much, no feeling included in the tone I have currently.
#16
That's the amp I'm afraid, pickups aren't going to change that.
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#17
This thread is full of fail...
Quote by jerguitar_wiz
if you get emg's get
81 (neck) 85 (bridge)
its better also if your going to get emg's make sure you dont need any clean
because emg's dont work very good clean

Don't you mean 81 bridge and 85 neck?
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passive=tone
active=no tone
make your decision from there

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Last edited by Horlicks at May 25, 2008,