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Advice for new pickups to put in ESP?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by function, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. function

    function Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Portland, OR
    I have an ESP LTD with two active soapbar EMG pickups in it. I'm kind of tired of the sound and was wondering if there were any good (passive) soapbar pickups that might give it a little less sterile sound and warm it up a bit. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. jeff_bass28

    jeff_bass28 Guest

    Mar 21, 2006
    An ESP Ltd? What model? With the exception of their 'J' series, all the Ltd.'s I've seen have EMG-HZ, which are cheaper, passive EMG's.
    Actually, most pickups are passive. It's the preamp that's active. Standard EMG's (not the HZ or Select series) are active; and Basslines used to make a few active models-not sure if they still do or not.
    As for replacing your ESP pu's...there's a lot to choose from out there! I personally haven't had much experience with a lot of pickups, so I can't help you there; but don't worry about the pickup being active or passive. Unless it's a standard EMG, pretty much anything you get will be passive.

    :bassist: :bassist: :bassist:
  3. Lorenzini


    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I'd recommend Bartolinis right off the bat

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