Alright guys, this is my first post, and I have a question....
I have an Ibanez Prestige 1420fm, it has passive pickups in it (a duncan distortion in the bridge, a full shred in the neck), I want to put a EMG PA2 gain boost on the guitar. It says it will change the pickups to low impedance, what will that do to the tone of the pickups?
I have installed this with active pickups before, but not passive....
The other thing is will I have to replace the 500k pots with 25k pots to work with the boost?
Welcome to the site brother! I can shed some light on this situation for you. I recently got an Afterburner installed in a Les Paul with some passives in it, and the tech said there was no need to change to 25k, keep your 500K pots. After the install, I did notice what seemed like a drop-off in the high end of the pickups. They seem to be a LOT rounder now. The afterburner and PA2 are basically the same, just with different controls, so I'd assume the same will happen to your guitar as well. It actually took me about two months to get used to how the guitar sounds now, so if you love the tone of your guitar, be prepared for it to sound different suddenly.
Also, when I played one in the store, it was behind some EMGs. WHen I turned it on, it sounded like it added treble and edge with the gain. This is not the case, when I got it home, upon closer examination, it makes the sound rounded and darker, which some may prefer but I do not.
I understand why you may be interested in adding this to your guitar, but be prepared for it to change the sound of it, even when it is off. I'd also like to say that if you're only desire for getting this pedal is for more gain, then I'd suggest getting an overdrive pedal like a tube screamer, boss super overdrive, or my favorite, the Hardwire Tube Overdrive.
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