|PaulMelanson77 ||08-23-2013 10:59 AM |
Help Picking EMGs for Ibanez SR485
Need a little help with picking Pickups for my Ibanez SR485 which I'm fixing up. (Body getting painted Flat Black next week). I have 2 other Ibanez Basses with the stock Bartolini MK1s (SR505 & SR525). I'm not looking for an exact same sound but similar and more the same output with a set of EMGs in the SR485. I'm interesting in installing the 40P5 & 40J but should I stick with 40DCs? Would the 40P5 & 40J set give me the same output as Bart MK1s?
|iiipopes ||08-23-2013 01:06 PM |
Output is relative. Going through the preamp, you will have more than enough gain, whatever pickups you use. The EMG P and J are really great pickups. I prefer a more modern tone, which approaches the roundness of the P and the brightness of a J, so I would prefer a CS in the neck and a DC in the bridge. You can't go wrong either way, although the P is made for alder or ash bodies, and you have a mahogany body, which has more mids going in. The P might be a tad too much mids in the final mix.
|JimmyM ||08-24-2013 03:12 AM |
Me, I'm more of a fan of the PJ's than the rest of the pickups I've heard from EMG for the exact opposite reason iiipopes likes the CS and DC ;) And with all due respect, I have PJ's in a couple basses similarly made with mahogany bodies and I like them in there, too. But it's all good. All EMG's are killer pickups...I just favor the regular old PJ's.
And since you have 4 knobs, I would highly recommend springing for the BQC pre no matter what pickups you get. The sweepable mid control is badass to have on board, especially if you're trying to get a consistent EQ between different basses.
|iiipopes ||08-24-2013 09:47 AM |
Indeed. Vive la difference!:bassist:
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