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El Jeffe

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My name is Jeff.  I repair violins and cellos.  I'm just now getting into electric guitars.  Always something new.

How do I know if my Epiphone Les Paul has active or passive pickups?

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Welcome aboard Jeff.  If the pickups in your LP are stock, there will be an extra box/cavity routed in the body with a cover the size of a 9V battery if they’re active.  If they are not the original pickups, just remove the covers on the back.  If you don’t see a 9V battery (or in some cases, 2 batteries), they’re passive.

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So next question.  If I plug my passive guitar into a distortion pedal that has a battery and volume control, do I then plug that pedal into the active or passive jack on my amp?

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6 hours ago, El Jeffe said:

So next question.  If I plug my passive guitar into a distortion pedal that has a battery and volume control, do I then plug that pedal into the active or passive jack on my amp?

Hello

Just straight into the input jack.  Doesn't matter if the guitar is active or passive.

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