Jeff Loomis knows what he wants to hear from his guitar, whether playing solo or as a member of iconic metal bands such as Arch Enemy and Conquering Dystopia. When he set out to design his signature Blackouts set, Jeff wanted pickups that would remain clear under heavy distortion, with a strong pick attack to maintain definition when he plays fast, and with enough sustain and dynamics to keep up with his virtuoso legato and sweep-picking techniques.
The Jeff Loomis Blackouts are inspired by the voicing of high-output passive humbuckers, but with the output, headroom, and low noise of actives. Jeff’s active Blackouts set is designed to sound more organic and dynamic than most active humbuckers. Jeff’s active Blackouts™ set is designed to sound more organic and dynamic than most active humbuckers. 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.