Active PickupsGuitar pickups that use a battery’s electricity as a preamp boost before sending the to the amplifier. Active pickups require a battery located somewhere on or in the guitar.  Active pickups have a tighter, cleaner sound, and are generally geared towards the heavy metal genre in guitars and basses.  With the additional electrical current, the active pickups are generally wound less than a passive pickup.  Because of this, the strings pickup more tonal vibrations and less humming and buzzing from other electronics and instruments.

Simpler Definition:  Electrified boosted pickup.


Video Explanations:

Video: Active vs. Passive Pickups – Guitar Pickup Facts & Figures

Video: Pickups (2019): Single Coils, Humbuckers, Active, Passive, & Fishman Fluence – Explained

Video: ACTIVE vs PASSIVE Pickups! – Can You Hear The Difference?

Video: Active Pickups vs Passive Pickups – The Blindfold Challenge!!


Guitar Examples:

Gibson RD Artist Guitar



Written Articles:

Article: Active and Passive Pickups: What’s the Difference?

Article: Active vs. Passive Pickups: What’s the Difference?

Article: Review Round-up: Active-Pickup Electric Guitars


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