There ae two types of EMG pick ups available, and they both sound good. The first active (using a battery) will be less noisy and should give higher output, but yes the battery can go when you least expect it. The second are standard passive (no battery) EMG Select pick ups which I use in a lot of my guitars (and they sound great — especially if you’ve got a kiler amp!). They are epoxy sealed rather than wax-potted, and enclosed in a clean black plastic cover, and they are very reasonably priced too. You can see these at my web site at: http://members.home.net/wilkatguitars Later, Bill