|rarebasses ||08-17-2013 12:20 PM |
Can I use EMG pots with MEC?
Hello, I am restoring a Streamer LX-5 that was destroyed in a tornado. All of the pots and preamp (MEC stock) are no good. The MEC pickups however are good. My question is: I have a EMG BTC with all the 25k stock EMG pots, from a Frankenstein that was also destroyed, can I use those pots and the BTC with my MEC pickups??? Thanks!
|mmbongo ||08-17-2013 01:33 PM |
25k pots are for active pickups, are the MEC's active?
|rarebasses ||08-17-2013 01:51 PM |
No they are passive. I just looked at the old pots and noticed they are
|rarebasses ||08-17-2013 01:52 PM |
500K on the vol and 100 K on the tones and not sure what the blend is...
|mmbongo ||08-17-2013 02:31 PM |
Blend is probably 500k also. So no, you can't use 25k volume pots. Not sure if you can just swap out the volume pots, but probably so.
|ctmullins ||08-17-2013 02:44 PM |
Actually, I don't think that's true. When wiring passive pickups into an active preamp, there are generally two ways to do it:
- pickup -> volume pot -> preamp -> output jack. In this configuration you would use typical pot values used with passive pickups; i.e. 250k or 500k
- pickup -> preamp -> volume pot -> output jack. With this setup the volume pots are typically of the type used for active circuits - 25k or 50k
I've wired basses both ways, and they both work fine, although the first option allows for an active/passive switch.
Having said that, however, the best recommendation is to look up the various wiring diagrams for the preamp you're interested in. I know EMG has lots of good info available on their website.
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