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.
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