I beg to differ.
Pick up have a wild effect on E-bow operation, and I do use this effect.
The closer you get to the magnetic field of the pick the higher the clipping gets, and you can bring in a kind of white noise.
This is besides the condition sine qua non for speed sweeping arpegios (Frank Gambale without the right hand) on all strings with the E-bow.
You can't do arpeggios anywhere else than just more or less on the pole pieces (anyway I can't really, I doesn't really catch) , if you don't have prior distortion on the guitar (i.e. using a clean sound).
Bringing noise content by passing on the pole pieces of the pick up I use also to make kind of small percussive ryhthm to loop (well percussive is probably to much for describing it but you get the point).
So the conclusion is, no matter the pup, the E-bow will indeed operate provided the strings have paramagnetic content.
BUT the proper pup will open more possibilities.
Now for the active pup.
I got rid of all mine to be back to passive so I can offer nothing but mere thinking.
I don't know for sure for magnets (weaker or not) but there is less inductance on active pup (i.e. weaker output sound) which requires onboard ('on pup') pre amp.
My take is that it reduces the interactions with the puck up. It will work perfectly with Ebow (or sustainers) BUT probably won't be able to make all the wild stuff I discussed above.
My 2 cents though.
De : Charles Zwicky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Objet : Rép : EBow - active/passive humbuckers
Date : 6 novembre 2013 00:07:05 HNEC
À : Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
The pickups on the guitar have no effect on an ebow's operation,
once you understand how an ebow works you'll see why that is.
Inside an ebow there is a small coil of wire with a magnetic core and
a permanent magnet, in other words a single string pickup, which is
connected to a small amplifier which drives a second coil. The
principal is electromagnetic feedback. This first coil picks up the
vibration of the string, amplifies it and the second coil creates and
electromagnetic field that excites the string. The amplifier is
driven into clipping, and this clipping is clearly audible if you
position the driver coil over your guitar's pickup. The pickup on
the guitar has no influence on the efficiency of the ebow circuit,
and in fact it will even work on acoustic instruments, provided that
the strings are steel or nickel or any other magnetic material.