#1
Hi Guys,

I bought a Jackson JS30RR Rhoads JS the other day. Its good but could use a little more roar. I want to install a EMG-81 pickup in the bridge position on it. Will this be possible?

I know next to nothing about installing pickups so any help would be greatful.

Cheers
#2
Both passive or both active...
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#3
Have you tried adjusting your pedals you may not need more output just to tweak your settings.
#4
This is from EMG's website.
Can I mix EMG's with passive pickups?
It is possible to mix EMG's with passive pickups.
There are three possible wiring configurations; one is better than the other two.

1.
Use the high impedance (250K-500K) volume and tone controls.
The problem is that the high impedance controls act more like a switch to the EMG's.
The passive pickups, however, will work fine.
If you have a guitar with two pickups and two volume pots, with a three-way switch, there is another alternative.
Use the 25K pots for the EMG, and the 250K or 500k pots for the passive pickup.
This way you can use one or the other with no adverse affects,
but with the switch in the middle position the passive pickup will have reduced gain and response.

2.
Use the low-impedance (25K) volume and tone controls provided with the EMG's.
The problem here is that the passive pickups will suffer a reduction in gain and loss of high-frequency response.

3.
This is the best alternative.
Install an EMG-PA-2 on the passive pickups. There are two benefits to doing this.
With the trimpot on the PA-2, you can adjust the gain of the passive pickups to match the EMG's.
The PA-2 acts as an impedance matching device so you can use the low-impedance EMG controls (25K) without affecting the tone
of the passive pickups.
You will also be able to use other EMG accessory circuits such as the SPC, RPC, EXB, EXG, etc.
For this application, we recommend ordering the PA-2 without the switch for easy installation on the inside of a guitar.
#5
Yeah, so I think: the best thing you could do is just change both passive pu's, and go for a active set-up, or just stay passive and search for other nice passive pu's like Seymour Duncan JB's, 59',...
- LTD Eclipse 1000 w/SD's
- Jackson Dk 2 Dinky transparent red w/SD's
- Marshall MG 50 DFX

ENGL fund €120/€1941.5
Last edited by RadioActiv3 at Oct 27, 2008,
#6
Quote by RadioActiv3
Yeah, so I think: the best thing you could do is just change both passive pu's, and go for a active set-up, or just stay passive and search for other nice passive pu's like Seymour Duncan JB's, 59',...

I agree. It's easier if both pickups are active or both are passive. They can be mixed though.
#7
Thanks for all the feedbck guys, judging from the comments above, I guess that having 2 passive pups would be a hell of a lot easier than one passive and one active.

May sound like a stupid question but how can i tell if my pups are passive or active? Mine have the same appearance as EMG's (smooth surface). Does this mean they are active? They are both Jackson CVR2 Humbucking Pickups.
#8
does it use a battery? No? then it's passive.
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#9
Thanks, so i've narrowed them down to being both passive.

Can you recommend a passive bridge humbucker that will give me a nice metal sound?
#10
Seymour Duncan SH-4 (or TB-4 if you've got a whammy) JB.

It's what they use on the higher end Jacksons.
#11
DiMarzio X2N, if you want a real BAMF.
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#13
Duncan Distortion, the name says it all.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#15
If you are on a budget, GFS Crunchy rails or GFS power rails would both be an improvment over the ones in you guitar right now.