Which fully Active P pickup sounds most "traditional"?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Rusty the Scoob, Dec 19, 2012.


  1. Rusty the Scoob

    Rusty the Scoob Supporting Member

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    I want a traditional sounding P pickup that's fully active. What's my best option?
  2. line6man

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    The better option would be to use a passive pickup and a transparent buffer. There aren't many active pickups on the market, and most are not voiced to sound traditional.
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    MEC are excellent at this game.
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    that would be the duncan lightnin' rods; they even have the exposed alnico magnets.

    they sounded so "traditional" that it was a hard sell for my customers; "so it sounds just like a vintage-style passive pickup, but it costs more and i have to use a battery? why do i want that again?"
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  6. line6man

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    Do you educate them on the joys of low impedance outputs and constant input impedances on coils?
  7. Rusty the Scoob

    Rusty the Scoob Supporting Member

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    Lighnin' Rods! Yes, those are exactly what I want!

    Ironically I also have both a set of MEC P/J pups and a Wald Electronics TPC1 buffer sitting on the shelf doing nothing.:D Decisions, decisions.


    If it helps, this'll be going with a Mike Pope Flexcore, with an EMG Soapbar bridge pickup.
  8. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    In that case, you might want to stick with EMG for the P pickup, too. Different brand active pickups might have different output impedances (one might be "more active" than another in a manner of speaking) and thus might not blend evenly.

    EMG has an alnico-magnet P pickup that might be more like the classic passive.
  9. joelb79

    joelb79 Supporting Member

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    At that point you are basically using the Victor Wooten setup. That is a PAX P pickup, and a JVX Bridge pickup with a Mike Pope Flexcore 4 band Preamp.

    That is clip worthy:
  10. Rusty the Scoob

    Rusty the Scoob Supporting Member

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