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If you already have your layout settled with passive pickups it would be the natural move to go for the SD equipped model. But then, the EMGs might just be what you were looking for all along.
It´s either love or hate when it comes to active pups it seems. The first two musicians that come to my mind who play/played EMGs are Zakk Wylde and Steve Lukather. To my ears neither of them has that clinical sharp tone often reffered to when it comes to EMGs
. If you´re not feeling comfortable playing in front of other people there might be the possibility to order both of them and give back the one you don´t like (with the danger of ending up with 2 new fiddles).
Practice cures most tone issues.
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