Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Durham, England
Re: Choosing new pickups
I would go to a local music store and Give a guitar similar to your own with active pickups in a blast through your own setup. If you like what you hear you can think about EMG/Duncan.
If you find them a little sterile, there are ways to get the best of both worlds. De-activators with an onboard gain boost will get you between both worlds. Personally I'm itching to try this with a De-activator bridge and a Tone Zone in the neck, both wired to a 500k volume, and an EMG Afterburner.
If you choose to go the traditional passive route there a LOT more options open to you, and I would recommend above all else, experimenting, and tweaking till you get exactly what you're looking for.
I think the most important thing is to understand your own playing, and go with whatever works best for you, not the person you're listening too. You might love metal, but also love jazz, and wind up with a guitar fantastically equipped for one, and hideously overpowered for the other. Sometimes a pragmatic attitude is more realistic, going for a sound that covers ALL of your basses and opens up your playing rather than covering one, and closing your playing up.