My new acquisition- an 08 Gibson shred X explorer ( all mahogany ) came with emg 85's in both positions. The rig I'm using with this guitar is an Engl Thunder 50 head with a Engl pro cab 2x12 Cele's. I have used plenty of Ibbies with tone zone/air norton's and love the noise but.... i'm just not feeling these emg's and was gonna try some blackout's. Anybody have any other suggestions before I do the deed?
I do not have a lot of experience with actives so's i'd figure I run it by the collective for thoughts as I'm sure someone did this already.
Personally I'd rip out the active mess and put in some passives, since you seem to like passive pickups.
The Blackouts sound "better" to my ears, but they are still active pickups.