Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Durham, England
Re: Question about "Seymour Duncan Blackouts Active Humbucker Set"
I would say yes too. But when using active pickups there's a higher degree of colouration from the pickups. Where's the sonic ratio in passives may be 50/50 between pickups and wood, active are probably more in the region of 70/30.
Others will have their own views on that ratio, but to me, it's this simple. Active pickups are really bloody loud, and will amplify good things about your guitar AND bad things.
If you're into metal, and want to CHUG CHUG CHUG, go for them. They'll overload any amp you go into and give you that "Active" crunch. Some lead players swear by them for lead too, but for ME, if you're into lead, you're probably gonna want a bit more wood tone in there, so passives are probably more for you.
I have heard some people get GREAT tone out of EMG 85s and the like up in the neck, but my god, I would like to know how. To me, they're just CLEAR. It's like compressing a track to level out lows and highs. Convenient? Yes! Better than working a little more on technique to have more nuances in your* playing? Not in my opinion!
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