Passive MM pickups: How do they sound?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by philthygeezer, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. philthygeezer


    May 22, 2002
    Doing a project with a MM and a J. If I wired up a set of Bartolinis in passive mode, what do I lose or gain in terms of sound?

    So far I've chosen the MME and the 9J pickups.
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    well, all MM pickups I know of are passive - if there is anyone making an active MM I can't think of them.

    If you're talking about having only passive pickups with no preamp, then obviously you lose the onboard flexibility of adjustable bass/mid/treble.

    But there's still plenty of flexibility with the MM & J using vol/blend/tone. Also, I don't know about the MME wiring but you may be able to wire it up for series/parallel options. On Stingray 4's, the humbucker is wired in parallel rather than series.