#2
well youre going from passives to actives with emgs which is not a real easy switch
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#3
if you have little or no experience in electronics let a tech do it

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#4
its always best to let a guitar technichian do it if youve got an expensive guitar that doesnt want ruining. If you look around you'll probably find someone that can do it cheap
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#5
Oi, save yourself the trouble and don't get EMGs. In fact, don't get anything with a well-known brand name -- I suppose Fender is the exception -- without first consulting someone heavily educated in the guitar world.

Since you were looking for EMGs, I -- and I'm sure the rest of us -- assume you're playing metal, so I would recommend Seymour Duncans.

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#6
EMGs sound awesome in my opinion, I've tried Duncans, Dimarzios, and they are still my fav.
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don't get anything with a well-known brand name -- I suppose Fender is the exception -- without first consulting someone heavily educated in the guitar world.

Unless it's bare knuckle - the cleans on some of the metal ones would be good enough to satisfy any delta blues purist, let alone a shredder. Not one bad p/up <3

You can tell then that I'd reccomend BKs over EMGs any day. You lose so much dynamics and punch with active pickups; the guitar loses all character. ._.
It's a hard mod, too.
A guitar with passive pickups will always be more versatile and more expressive.
#8
EMGs require a lot more work considering you have to change the pots, jack also you have to have room and wire it for the 9v battery in the electronics cavity. When swapping passives it's usually just a solder job but if your not familiar with soldering it still can be something you'll want someone with experiance to do for you. I usually charge about $25.00 labor for each pup swap about $125.00 to $150.00 to put EMG set up in a guitar if I do not have to route the body and add a battery box. A set of new EMGs will run over $200.00.
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your basicly trying to fit a 100cm perimeter cirlce into a 80cm perimeter square
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#10
wait as far as GENERIC PROCEDURES go... don't you just unscrew the pickups, cut the sodder, then resodder new pickups in and screw them in to the body? Or am I missing a key step?

what exactly are pots? arn't they a part of the various knobs?
what are active and passive pickups?
sorry for all the questions... just a couple things in this thread that confused me
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wait as far as GENERIC PROCEDURES go... don't you just unscrew the pickups, cut the sodder, then resodder new pickups in and screw them in to the body? Or am I missing a key step?

what exactly are pots? arn't they a part of the various knobs?
what are active and passive pickups?
sorry for all the questions... just a couple things in this thread that confused me

Are you quite aware that EMGs are powered by battery packs? You have to cram one in there with the wires and pots. Bringing us to your question about pots. Potentiometers are basically the volume and tone controls of your guitar, more specifically the mechanical bits under them.
Passive pickups just pick up the signal and transmit; actives have an onboard preamp which needs an onboard power source (battery pack)

If you don't even know what an active pickup is, you probably shouldn't be considering a pickup swap just yet, especially not to EMGs. Do a little research, suss out how it's going to work, then ask our opinions again and you'll understand.
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Are you quite aware that EMGs are powered by battery packs? You have to cram one in there with the wires and pots. Bringing us to your question about pots. Potentiometers are basically the volume and tone controls of your guitar, more specifically the mechanical bits under them.
Passive pickups just pick up the signal and transmit; actives have an onboard preamp which needs an onboard power source (battery pack)

If you don't even know what an active pickup is, you probably shouldn't be considering a pickup swap just yet, especially not to EMGs. Do a little research, suss out how it's going to work, then ask our opinions again and you'll understand.



Thanks for the info... I actually wasn't considering a pickup switch... I just semi-hijacked this thread from someone else cause this was some stuff that I needed clarifying on.... I guess I just wasn't well versed on the terminology enough... some of what you said was actually familiar.

I'm getting a new guitar anyway so I won't be looking at pickup switches in the near future.... thanks for the help


oh and one other thing, Rock Pig, why don't you like EMGs why do you say that they arn't as good as passive pickups?

I just read a review and the guy said it was pretty much all gain and no tone... so that sounds bad in my opinion... it also seems like a metal machine...
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#13
Ussually new guitar days involve an incoming new pickup day.
Guess it depends on what pickups are in the guitar though.
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Go do some maths, it fits.



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