#1
Which type of pickup is more virsatile?
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#2
I would think active...
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#6
for a spider III, get passive
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#11
Passive if you want to go from like Grindcore to Blues, some passive p'ups can do that.
But I still prefer active p'ups because I love Metal and actives are made for it.
#12
Passive if you want to play anything that doesn't call for roaring pickups...blues, jazz, etc. Active work best for stuff like hard rock, metal.
#13
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#14
Passives can do everything. There are a huge amount to choose from. And there is no batteries. I'd take my passives over EMG's any day
#17
no no no no. Actives are much less versatile......to whom ever said they were more.
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#18
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It depends on the situation and other equipment.


this is true, actives can be plenty versatile given the right gear. IMO though id rather have my pups compliment my gear than buy gear to compliment my active pups
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#19
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my emgs can do anything

Really? You can play soft classical with them?

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#20
I had a strat a year ago with 3x emg-sa and it was able to play that
#21
Actives = more gain, therefore they tend to only be really good for metal and hard rock.
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#22
Quote by Friendly Stoat
Actives = more gain, therefore they tend to only be really good for metal and hard rock.

Yep, if you want TeH br00t4lz, get actives.

If you still want to get heavy, but want a wider range of tones, get passives.

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#23
passives
all actives are good for is if you have a sucky guitar becasue they dont take tone from your guitar, they just sound the same no matter what...for instance if you have an made in china epiphone and a $10,000 custom gibson les paul, and run them both thru the same amp, and they both have active pickups...your tone will be the same, both guitars will sound identical. they will obviously play differently, but the will sound the same. actives are also good for heavy stuff if your into hitting power chords on full distortion...if you play anything other than banging power chords and hitting random harmonics on full distortion, i would suggest passives...but your question was which is more versitile and i guess i havent answered that yet, so...passives are far more versatile than actives.
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#24
you want versatile? get a HSS strat with s1 switching (or push-pull)

or get a HSH or HH with coil tap function.

passives
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#25
Passives.
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#26
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passives
all actives are good for is if you have a sucky guitar becasue they dont take tone from your guitar, they just sound the same no matter what...for instance if you have an made in china epiphone and a $10,000 custom gibson les paul, and run them both thru the same amp, and they both have active pickups...your tone will be the same, both guitars will sound identical. they will obviously play differently, but the will sound the same. actives are also good for heavy stuff if your into hitting power chords on full distortion...if you play anything other than banging power chords and hitting random harmonics on full distortion, i would suggest passives...but your question was which is more versitile and i guess i havent answered that yet, so...passives are far more versatile than actives.


The part about two guitars sounding the same is rubbish. Otherwise to get a top sounding tone you could buy a $50 piece of crap and put emgs-sa's in and it would sound like david gilmores strat...
#29
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The part about two guitars sounding the same is rubbish. Otherwise to get a top sounding tone you could buy a $50 piece of crap and put emgs-sa's in and it would sound like david gilmores strat...

if ur running through the right amp, the pickups are active, yeah it will...actives are different than passives for that reason, the pickup has a preamp and it has its own tone...if you put emgs on a broomstick it would have the same tone as a guitar, it would be harder to play but it would have the same tone...passives take the tone of your wood, therefore thats why they all sound different on different guitars made of different types of woods...actives sound the same on everything
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#30
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Really? You can play soft classical with them?

... Soft classical with electric guitar? Oh, come on!
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#32
I had EMG 81 and 60 on an all mahogany lp copy. They certainly sound good and dispite what others said it sounded good clean too. It's just a tad sterile and a little lacking in dynamics but dammit, they're sweet sounding pups. Treat your volume knob as a gain knob with actives.

When I had my guitar made which is mahogany boby and maple neck I had the luthier to put in DeMarzio D'activators for me. They are a passive version of EMG 81 but it has dynamics as a passive would give you. They certainly are nice with dirty and clean tones.

I have another guitar with SD pearly gates and SD alnico II pro and they have the advantage when it comes to cleans up to a little crunch. Not too bad with dirtys though.

Now I have a mad guitar and a glad guitar.
#34
Quote by ESPplayer5150
hmm people who dont like actives play ibanez

This fails so hard... There are so many who put EMGs into their ibby
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ESP Standard Eclipse I CTM VW
ESP LTD Deluxe H-1001
ESP LTD Deluxe Viper-1000 STBC
ESP Edwards E-EX-100STD
Warmoth Paulcaster "Tiger"
Tanglewood TW170 AS
Vox Tonelab ST
Blackstar HT-1R


#35
Quote by ESPplayer5150
hmm people who dont like actives play ibanez


There is a lot of people out there with an EMG loaded Ibby. You fail!
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