Best Active Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups, Electronics & General Tech' started by Oceandrinksboat, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. bostjan

    bostjan MicroMetal Contributor

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    Hmm, maybe the question should be "What do I use? I want good clarity and great pick attack."

    The answer is 18V instead of 9V.

    If you want to swap pups for another active, my personal reccomendation would be an 81-7 for the best pick attack and clarity.
     
  2. Silence2-38554

    Silence2-38554 Mobius Guitars

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    Look into the Fishman Fluence for sure. They're fairly new but they're based on a totally different design than traditional pickups. They also have "voice switching" which changes the resonant peak of the pickups via push/pull pot. I have also emailed Fluence asking about a soapbar version of their 7 string pickup & they said it's coming later this year :yesway:

    Premeir Guitar's review:

    http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/20082-unwound-fishman-rethinks-the-electric-guitar-pickup
     
  3. RustInPeace

    RustInPeace SS.org Regular

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    Id love to try a 81-7x... Im guessing it may be the closest thing to a 7 string version of the JH bridge
     
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    I think SD Blackouts kill any EMG I've heard.
     
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    If you hate mids and like bathing in mud then they do :lol:.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands SS.org Regular

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    :agreed:
     
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    Bah. That's exaggerating. I love my AHB1s. They don't have a truckload of mids like so many people seem to need these days, but I can assure you mine cut through a mix like a mother------. But I'm more of a fan of old-school metal tone from the late 80s/90s/early 2000s where the guitar was not made to sound like a duck.:lol:
     
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    :agreed: They need to stop calling it djent and start calling it duck. 99% of what djent bands play isn't djent anyway. Palm-free, syncopated duck. :yesway:
     
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    Oceandrinksboat SS.org Regular

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    Blackouts sound awesome, I've heard a lot of good things about them.

    But on my guitar i'm gonna stick with EMGs on this current axe.
    so my final decision is an EMG 81-7 in the bridge.

    I'll upgrade to the X-series when I get a new job
     
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    Hard to go wrong with an 81-7. :yesway:
     
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    My 8 came with 808's. I did the 18v mod and was very pleased. Then "upgraded" to 808X due to the hype and wanting to use only 1 battery. Waste of time and money. Now I use the 81-8. It's plenty tight as-is, and even better with 18v. I think you'll be happy.
     
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    Anybody tried the SD AHB-2 Blackout Metal? Does it sound close to an Invader?
     
  13. 100 Ounce Jugs

    100 Ounce Jugs Can't Help Djenting

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    Does this mean I shouldn't consider the 707TWs? Saw some on the bay for cheap and considered snagging them.
     
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    Yes, that's what it means lol
     
  15. Oceandrinksboat

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    Well if you really want the coil tap then go for it, I currently use the 707tws and the neck is great ,especially with the tap.
     
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    So to summarize

    81-7 for attack
    85-7 for beef
    60-7 for beefy attack
    81-7X for bite and clarity
    85-7X for chunk and clarity
    60-7X for snarl and clarity
    707 for balance
    707X for openness and clarity
    57-7/66-7 for Passive tone
    Blackouts for scooped chunk
    Fishman Fluence for ???
     

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