Swapping active for passive on LTD

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  1. Descent

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    I have a MH-401FR with stock EMGs that I might've complained about previously. To add insult to injury, something is shorting out on the electronics or battery compartment, and since I am not really that much of a fan of actives I started thinking of just dumping these pickups out for passives.

    What would you guys suggest?

    I want aggressive, articulate and full tone. I guess kinda like Satriani on leads and Slayer on rhythm :)

    Any idea if I need to swap out the pots as well?
     
  2. Jeffrey Bain

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    I beleive you will have to swap the electronics on it from my understanding.
     
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    SD Black Winter set
     
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    SD Distortion or SD Full Shred.

    For neck it depends if your needs... I’m sold to the SD ‘59 personally because it does cleans so creamy.
     
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    I’d go BW set - the neck is as good as the bridge. Or Custom 5 with BW neck.
     
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    You need to swap everything except the switch and jack. Also you will need a ground wire to the bridge claw.

    I ran X2N/air norton in the MH-301 I had. In that guitar it made hot thick sledgehammer bridge tones, with liquid smooth neck tones. JB/Jazz also sounded good in it but the JB wasnt hot enough for me personally.
     
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    If you don't want actives I guess fishmans are out. Maybe try some Ragnaroks or Juggernauts?
     
  8. Merrekof

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    This is like a "what amp should I get" thread. There are a million good answers! :D
    It all depends on your needs, the best neck cleans I got came from a BKP Aftermath for example. Recently got a BKP Holy Diver, it's a good rock and metal pickup but not exactly what I'm looking for.
    If you're on a budget, check out IronGear pickups. Heard some good things from them, never tried them myself though.
    There are soooo many options out there!
    Don't worry about the electronics, changing pots isn't a big deal :)
     
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    Yeah I can vouch for Irongear. I had a Hot Slag/Rolling Mill combo in my V. Great stuff.
     

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