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Unread 05-20-2004, 10:29 AM   #1
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active vs passive pickups?

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wahts the difference between active and passive pickups? ie whast hte sound difference, price difference, etc?

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Unread 05-20-2004, 11:14 AM   #2
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Unread 05-20-2004, 01:55 PM   #3
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Unread 05-21-2004, 11:43 AM   #4
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hey guys,
wahts the difference between active and passive pickups? ie whast hte sound difference, price difference, etc?
active requires a battery, passive does not. active pickups usually have a hotter or stronger signal. as far as price goes, it all depends on the pickups. some passives are more expensive than some actives and vice versa so there's no set answer on that one.

i also find actives (judging by my emg ft in my semi-hollow tele) to be VERY clean and transparent.
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Unread 05-21-2004, 12:13 PM   #5
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Do most guitar actives have phantom power?
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Actives are harder to EQ from the amp as many active pickups are associated with a certain sound or 'theme' if you will.

Now what is VERY cool, and has always been a dream idea of mine until I actually heard Chesh mention it, are active pickups that you can actually EQ from the guitar... that sounds REALLY cool. . . but I'm very uneducated on the subject and let Chesh take it from here.

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Do most guitar actives have phantom power?
No. Usually it's all battery powered. This is because most amps don't provide phantom power.
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No. Usually it's all battery powered. This is because most amps don't provide phantom power.
mhm. and adding to that it's generally a 9-volt battery. and a battery lasts a loooong time.
one thing to remember, is when the cord is plugged into the guitar you're draining battery power. so if you go active, be sure and unplug the guitar if you're not playing.
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You're not gonna try to bring FBL into this are you?

Carvin has active guitars with EQ on the guitar...
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You're not gonna try to bring FBL into this are you?
Oh yeah, forgot, FBL SE works better with active pickups than passive pickups, but if you have passive pickups, using FBL SE will make them sound like active pickups.

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Oh yeah, forgot, FBL SE works better with active pickups than passive pickups, but if you have passive pickups, using FBL SE will make them sound like active pickups.

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Unread 05-23-2004, 10:46 AM   #12
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mhm. and adding to that it's generally a 9-volt battery. and a battery lasts a loooong time.
one thing to remember, is when the cord is plugged into the guitar you're draining battery power. so if you go active, be sure and unplug the guitar if you're not playing.
Even if the amp is off? Hmm... maybe that's why my batteries have only been lasting 3 weeks.
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hey guys,
wahts the difference between active and passive pickups? ie whast hte sound difference, price difference, etc?
More tone shaping power from the onboard controls for one (in active pickups)...
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Even if the amp is off? Hmm... maybe that's why my batteries have only been lasting 3 weeks.
Amp? Oh, you mean your main amp and not the preamp. Yeah, totally.

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Active pickups typically use less coil winding and lower magnetic pull than traditional passive pickups. Instead of using high number of coil windings to develop the signal level, it is done with a preamp. The beauty of this is that the preamp can then shape the tone of the pickup and provide any level that you need. My EMG SAV sets sound very much like traditional strats and then go WAY beyond that when needed. I am not really into lots of boost on the guitar end so a system that uses active bass and treble don't interest me as much as they do on a bass. However, the SPC control boosts mids that are most associated with a humbucking pickup. It allows me to boost that level and simulate a HB out of my SC pickups when needed without the nasty side effects of having a real HB pickup (extra pull on strings, lousy bridge clean sound, etc). Through the use of the preamp, EMG is able to make a pickup that has low noise and low magnetic pull sound like almost any pickup from history by chosing the resonant peak of the pickup and the EQ curve. Very cool stuff.
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