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EMG 45 6 string shaped suggestions- Gecko Build

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Brother Goose, Jan 20, 2014.


  1. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose Fun with a k all day!

    Dec 4, 2013
    Syracuse NY
    Disclosures:
    God Is Love
    Brethren,

    I am taking delivery of a Warmoth Gecko 6 in swamp ash with a flamed maple neck.

    Bass is routed for EMG 45 pups and I am looking for a passive pup in that shape:

    Bass will be run passive while I budget for a preamp (possibly the ACG filter $$).

    String spacing is 16.5mm so I am looking for a blade style.

    I play soul/funk/R&B and am seeking warmth AND clarity-

    Bartolini (too dark?)

    Aguilar (in this shape?)

    EMG options (passive?)

    price/availability is a consideration- looking to get her broken in ASAP!

    Thanks!
     
  2. JustForSport

    JustForSport

    Nov 17, 2011
    I think EMG makes 35, 40, and 45 series all in passive as well, but with 'HZ' suffix. Same size as the active ones.
    Also, Bart xxM56C B-T (M5 series) are EMG 45 shape.
     
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  4. wcriley

    wcriley

    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
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    Uncompensated endorsing user: fEARful
    Yep. I have a set of 45HZ in my 6-stirng bass.
     
  5. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose Fun with a k all day!

    Dec 4, 2013
    Syracuse NY
    Disclosures:
    God Is Love
    What are your opinions of the HZ series? I find the EMG sound a little to "analytical" in my old age- but also like the ability to get a focused sound that can rolled off...

    Taste is subjective and I am obviously all over the place here.
     
  6. wcriley

    wcriley

    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
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    Uncompensated endorsing user: fEARful
    I have them in two very different instruments.
    They sound very different from each other, but I'm happy with both.
     
  7. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    Nordstrand, although not a blade design, can build their soapbar pups in EMG sizes, and can accommodate most string spacings.
     
  8. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose Fun with a k all day!

    Dec 4, 2013
    Syracuse NY
    Disclosures:
    God Is Love
    I spoke (email) with Erno from Q tuner pickups who told me they are making an EMG 45 soapbar for 300/set for 6 strings. That sounds like a great option- not sure about lead time or when they are hitting the market...

    My brain is now considering

    Delano-
    Norstrand-
    Q Tuner-
    Aguilar- New ceramic design

    EMG- as economic option

    It looks the like the "final solution" will be well over $300
     
  9. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Roswell, GA
    EMG HZ's are not bad. I wouldn't run them in a pure passive situation but they probably pair well with many preamps.
     



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