Switching pickups active to passive

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  1. Asphyxia

    Asphyxia SS.org Regular

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    Like the title I want to switch my EMGs to Seymour Duncan Black Winters.
    I've never done it so I will paying a guitar tech at guitar center.
    Here's the questions. My wife will be taking the guitar in as I will work at almost every conceivable time the tech will be there.
    What do I need to send? Should I remove string from the guitar? Why do I obsess over little details like this?
    I have the pickups and 500k pots and that's it.
     
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    tyler_faith_08 Strings of Chaos

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    I'd recommend buying a soldering iron and learning to DIY. Seymour Duncan has a diagram for almost every conceivable setup. That way, you have an iron if you ever need it and you'll be able to change pickups whenever you want.

    To answer your question, I'd imagine they'd like to restring it since getting pickups out without removing the strings can be a pain (model dependant). I don't imagine that they'd need anything more than that. I know I never have.
     
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    Do I need a capacitor? I bought my pots off Amazon and it had them frequently bought with.
    Can I use my same jack?
     
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    You will need a capacitor to wire up one of the pots as a tone control. You could use the same jack but personally I've always spent the extra few bucks on a new mono jack, as newer EMG stuff is all proprietary and made for the clip-on contacts that just slide together and aren't meant to be soldered. That's up to you though.
     
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    I imagine there is a flat rate for pickup change and strings on/off makes no difference. Definitely need new pots, I don't think changing the jack is necessary. The jack is not a complicated thing, just links wire to wire.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.
    I just didn't want to send my wife into what I know to be some of the worse customer service I have ever seen, without the stuff I needed.
    The guitar tech is awesome at my GC. I only go there if I need him.
    I learned how to do everything but pickup changes so far.
    It looks more complicated switching active to passive, so I'm not going to have this be my first attempt.
     
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    Blytheryn Musical Adam West

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    I switched from EMG's to black winters and it's the best thing I've ever done. Love the tone!
     
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    Yeah, I played a guitar with them and I was hooked. They can do cleaner leads and still get brutal when need be.
     
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    Blytheryn Musical Adam West

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    Have you seen the video of Wes Hauch doing clean leads on the neck? It's insane.
     
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    Yeah that video and Keith Merrows sold me on them. Than I tried them out. It has everything I want.
     

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