|ThePoloHobo ||09-13-2013 12:09 PM |
Good single coils that fit in humbucker slot
So I have my cheap Jackson active bass I bought when I first started playing. The humbuckers are too bland for my taste, so I'd like to upgrade one to a single coil. I've been looking at the EMG JX-CS (soapbar style), would this bee a good one to drop in for J bass sound? Also, how does this change the knobs? I still havent figured out what each knob does. I assumed it was two tone controls, two volume, then a pre-amp volume. The three on the bottom have a mid point "click" so after reading up on the Jackson JS series, Im thinking its a 3 band EQ. but the knob that is on the bottom right (when looking down at it) seems to be the preamp volume.. so I dont have a clue. So if someone could help me figure out the electronics in this thing that would be great.
As far as I am concerned, the 3 band EQs are treble-mid-bass. Now, regarding the pickups that would fit, I have the EMG 40TW (35TW for your 4 string bass) on my bass. They have the soapbar shape and size and they are single coil and dual coil at the same time (push for dual coil, pull for single coil). Never in my life have I heard a more versatile thing, concerning magnetic pickups. They are single coil, as you want them, and if at any time you want any of them to be dual coil, just push the knob. ;)
|drnknmstr ||09-14-2013 10:30 AM |
You can try Nordstrand Big Singles in the EMG casings. Or maybe the Aguilar Super Singles. They do sound pretty different from what I can tell through youtube.
|tubby.twins ||09-16-2013 10:48 PM |
EMG "J" soapbar pickups sound nice, and they will give you that focused "narrow aperture" tone with many of the characteristics of single coil pickups. But they aren't really single coil pickups - they are stacked humbuckers. This isn't a bad thing, merely different. Since these use blades instead of polepieces, the frequency peaks are somewhat evened out, and they do have a bit more even response across the width of the blade. They'll still be heard well in a mix, but won't quite have grittiness and immediacy of polepiece-based single coil pickups.
If you're looking for the same punchy, dynamic tone that is characteristic of a true single-coil pickup with split polepieces, but with more fatness in the lower midrange, you can't go wrong with Nordstrand's Big Singles, or their Big Splits which offer a nearly identical tone with no hum.
|Chasarms ||09-17-2013 09:07 AM |
Originally Posted by tubby.twins
. . . you can't go wrong with Nordstrand's Big Singles, or their Big Splits which offer a nearly identical tone with no hum.
If you use the pickup pan a lot to vary thet one, you really should consider using a humcancelling PU that approximates the SC tone as closely as possible.
Yes, they have limitations, but the noise induced when either of the PUs is favored overrides any tone benefit of the SC, IMO of course.
|All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:22 AM. || |
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.12
Copyright ©2000 - 2013, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.