active vs passive

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by DeepDeath, Nov 14, 2001.

  1. if i bought a MTD Kingston and switch out to a active and still have only volume and tone would there be an improvement then to a passive pickup of equal "price". or would it the inboard controls make a big difference?
  2. Flatwound


    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Hmmm... Depends on what you mean by "improvement". I don't know of an active direct replacement fot the Kingston, but if you did such a thing, you might get cleaner sound, and a low-impedance signal which would allow you to use long cables without signal loss. Just because a pickup is active, however, doesn't mean it will sound better. If you do get a Kingston, and you like its sound but would like to improve it somehow, an on-board preamp might be the way to go. Or, you might like the sound enough to just leave it the way it is.