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Active EMG's

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ambissonnett, Jan 24, 2013.


  1. ambissonnett

    ambissonnett

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    So I just purchased a Fender Jazz Special originally from 84-87, made in Japan. I know original Jazz Special's had passive pickups, but mine is loaded with active EMG's. My question is, if I want to switch the setup back to passive, will I have to get new pots along with it?

    My intention is to buy the original '62 Fender Precision pickup and a Seymour Duncan STK-J2B jazz pickup, what kind of pots would work best with these? Any input is appreciated.
     
  2. Exit1242

    Exit1242

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    You will need new pots because the actives will have 25K pots and for your passives you will want 250K or 500K pots. It would depend what u want for sound typical single coils run 250K ,ost humbuckers will run 500K but I have a strat that has 500K when most have 250K. If u are running a stacked jazz I would get the 500K pots. Hope this helps.
     
  3. ambissonnett

    ambissonnett

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    So does the 500k just have more output? Or is tonal range involved too? Sorry, I don't know the whole electronic logistics of basses and guitars.
     
  4. AdamR

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    500s will generally be brighter. Do you not like the emgs ?
     
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  6. ambissonnett

    ambissonnett

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    Nah, not a fan of actives. I don't like having to have that worry if the battery will go out or not if I'm doing a gig. I just like the way passive's sound too. I guess I'm an old school kinda guy.
     

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