I'm a bit cloudy on this one. What is the benefit of using "hot" or active pickup over simply running into a clean boost right out of the guitar? The goal is to get a hotter signal to drive the amp further into distortion maybe even get teh brootalz. Of course, more windings changes the tone of a pickup, and pickups can be voiced to suit a given style. My question is not about voicing or tone, strictly about output and how that affects things down the line. It seems that active pickup = passive pickup + clean boost, no?