Custom-voiced by Jeff Loomis and inspired by high-output passive humbuckers, this dynamic active pickup set is all about clarity, attack and body. Jeff’s active Blackouts set is designed to sound more organic and dynamic than most active humbuckers.
Whether playing solo, or as a member of Arch Enemy or Conquering Dystopia, Jeff Loomis requires a 7-string active pickup set that stays clear under heavy distortion, with a strong pick attack to maintain detail when he plays fast, and with enough sustain and dynamics to keep up with his advanced legato and picking techniques. He also needs a tone that leans more towards the voicing of high-output passive humbuckers but with the output, headroom and low noise benefits of actives.
His bridge humbucker is a high-output pickup made with an Alnico 5 bar magnet. It keeps power chords sounding big and powerful and has a pronounced midrange response with a strong pick attack for tracking fast playing. His neck pickup employs Alnico 5 rod magnets to further enhance the response to picking and legato techniques, with a slight bump in the treble frequencies and a focused bass response to keep lower notes from sounding too boomy.