What About Active Pickups?

Some players believe that pot value doesn’t matter when using active pickups. True, changing pot values won’t alter the resonant peak as with passive pickups, but pot choice does affect your output level. For example, with standard EMG pickups you can forfeit as much as 5 dB of output by adding volume and tone controls.

With newer active pickups like EMG-X Series or Fishman Fluence models, the output doesn’t change as much when you add one or two 25k pots to the circuit. (For active pickups, 25k is the standard pot value.)

This table shows the approximate signal loss for various models when you add a pot or two.