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    Default Love for active pups?

    I've had the EMG 81/85 and the original SD Blackout twin hum combo, of which I liked the Blackouts a little better for clarity. Both brands will happily melt your face with the right amp/settings but as a mature adult (bahahaha!), I'm looking to get more into a broader tonal palette, albeit with the active spec. I play a range of rock and blues stuff and I guess I just want to dabble in powered windings after 10 years of passive coils.

    Do you fellas have any preferences to pass along? I am setting up a Soloist to run a H-S-S configuration. I really wish EMG and Seymour Duncan would offer such a combo. As it is, you have to buy a la carte, which is a little more expensive, though not the end of the world.

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    EMG X-Series pickups use a new preamp that provides much, much higher headroom, giving these active (and insanely quiet) pups a more passive sound. I swapped EMG SVs out for a set of X-Series SAs in the same guitar, and the difference was palpable.

    im guessing that when you say “H-S-S” you mean you want the HB at the neck position, which would require alá carte buying.
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    I'll check out the X model, Thanks! Humbuckers are bridge pickups in my world. My one tele is set up H-H.

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    Last edited by Joelski144; 01-04-2018 at 09:26 PM.

 

 

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