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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 Supporting Member

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    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

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    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.
  3. wcriley

    wcriley

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    Yep. I have a set of 45HZ in my 6-stirng bass.
  4. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose Supporting Member

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    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.
  5. wcriley

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    I have them in two very different instruments.
    They sound very different from each other, but I'm happy with both.
  6. Hobobob

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

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    Nordstrand, although not a blade design, can build their soapbar pups in EMG sizes, and can accommodate most string spacings.
  7. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose Supporting Member

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    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
  8. tylerwylie

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    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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