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string preference for active pickups

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jtz, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. jtz


    Sep 17, 2011
    should i consider that im using active pickups when looking for strings?
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    I don't think so. What kind of pickups are they?
  3. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    No, it won't really make a difference.

    However, there are a couple of string sets (GHS Progressives, EB Cobalts) that are "magnetically active," so you will get a much livier sound with them, especially with active pickups.
  4. Dredmahawkus


    Nov 4, 2012
    some reason I am always putting infeld superalloy on my actives...they just sound incredible active...must be the alloy...nice even full tone. Thomastik sure makes nice sounding strings...and they know it so they charge a fortune for them!
  5. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Nope, just use the strings that sound best on your particular instrument when YOU play it.

  6. jtz


    Sep 17, 2011
    thanks dudes! i've used really active strings like DR before; if you were using ibanez electronics, for example, i considered it would be a different story than say, ephiphone stock humbuckers (which sounded amazing with overdrive compared to everything i've ever tried) really bit into it and brought out the hi end distortion, sounding almost like guitar; with ibanez active pick ups the same peddle sounded like a dead walkie talkie; but what you said makes sense because my issue was with the post guitar active signal probably sucking in conjuntion with a peddle that does more signal preamping; quite possibly overkill;
  7. Dredmahawkus


    Nov 4, 2012
    you have a hot signal it has nothing to do with the strings that are on it.