Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Rusty the Scoob, Dec 19, 2012.
I want a traditional sounding P pickup that's fully active. What's my best option?
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.
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MEC are excellent at this game.
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?"
Do you educate them on the joys of low impedance outputs and constant input impedances on coils?
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. Decisions, decisions.
If it helps, this'll be going with a Mike Pope Flexcore, with an EMG Soapbar bridge pickup.
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.
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:
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