I just read an article about Acitve Guitar pickups that was full of misinformation. The main culprit being "Active pickups are higher output because they have more winds of copper", that statement is completely false (im paraphrasing but the link to the article im referring to is below. That specific false statement is under "High Output"). Im going to explain something that i think will help every guitar player who either has actives in a guitar currently or tried them in the past and didnt like them. First, as most of us know active pickups like Fishman Fluence's for example are much quieter (less hum at high volumes etc.). That right there is our first evidence for acitves being lower output. The higher the output the more noise conversely the lower the output the less noise. But too low an output produces a thin weak anemic tone thats not desirable. Active pickups are capable of being high output but their winding amounts make them low output. Then why are we always told in marketing for actives about their exceptionally high output? PREAMPS Active pickups have preamps built in. This gives us the best of both worlds. We have a low output pickup that allows us to avoid the excess noise of high output (high winding) pickups. But we also have a preamp that boosts that weak output considerably. That is why its generally accepted that Acitves are high output. So what does this mean and how can we use it to make actives sound excellent not just for metal but in all sorts of styles? Anyone whos owned a guitar with active pickups will agree that when an active pickup is turned up all the way to 10 on the guitar volume you get a much more compressed sound than with a regular passive humbucker. And that compression can be good but not in excess. So heres the key, roll back your guitars volume! Dont roll your eyes and give up now! When this is done correctly it will yeild a perfect tone for any style. Just remember these things. Active pickups can boost as well as cut where passives can only cut. So for the best active pickup tone we want to start at about zero(not boosting the pickups or cutting either). That means rolling back the guitars volume. And yes that is going to make everything sound thin and weak....if you dont do the next most important step. When your setting your gain and preamp volume and master volume you want to over do it. I know everyone is telling you less gain is better. And they are right for the most part but its how you get to the lower gain that matters. By dialing in your amp for more preamp gain and volume than is necessary then when you roll back your volume youll be at just the right spot and youll have much more control over getting to the exact spot that you need to be at for whatever tone your after. And better still....YOUR TONE WONT BE OVERLY COMPRESSED! The main complaint with actives is that they sound sterile or too compressed. Well if you try to use them like passives then yes they are going to sound sterile and too compressed. In my experience EMG's can be a bit trickier to get versatility out of but they can still sound excellent if you dial them in like acitves should be. Now as far as Fishman Fluence goes the sky is the limit. There isnt a tone Fishmans cant get if your using them right. I personally wire my fishmans for every available option cause they are all good in the right situation. I highly recommend NOT setting any of the options to be hardwired on all the time. They should be switchable as the versatility is what makes them such exceptional pickups among other things. Anyways my phones ringing so i gotta go, i just really needed to get that out. Misinformation Article that started this rant: https://tonetopics.com/active-or-pa...your amp, it,, therefore, more gain potential.