EMG P - Any good?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JohnWest, Feb 21, 2014.


  1. JohnWest

    JohnWest

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    I can't find any review of this pickups. Anyone has it? I have no experience with EMG. :(
  2. Isotonic

    Isotonic Supporting Member

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    I played through one years ago. If it's the original model, I think you will find it to be fat, focused and clean. It has very good note definition. Some people find this to be somewhat sterile. I liked it in the short time I played through it, but it was not for long and my playing has changed a lot since then. I think I will try it again. Lot's pros love EMGs though. I have heard they record very well.
  3. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    If you like EMG's I think they are excellent.
  4. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    I love the EMG PX pickup in my Fender, the JX doesn't handle the 7.25" radius too well though. I've used the EMG 35P before as well in an ESP bass. I love how they sound for a P pickup.
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  6. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

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  7. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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    i'm really happy with my new EMG Geezer Butler P bass PU.
  8. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Years ago I had a P bass with an EMG PJ set and it was the best sounding bass I ever owned.
  9. kurosawa

    kurosawa Supporting Member

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    I'm guessing you're asking about the original, which is the most common active EMG P model found used. If so:

    It's civilized. Sweet. The best ensemble blend you can get out of a P pickup, IMO. My pick if I could have only one P pickup to do everything from big band to rock to cocktail combo.

    Matter of fact, I just did get one bass, and I reached in the junk box and yup, the old EMG P is going in there. I have a '62 RI and an original '73 somewhere. Nah.

    Definitely the EMG actives are a safe P pickup. If it looks like rain and you're outdoors, you'll be happy when you kiss a mic to not be ground for your rig.

    NBD in the US, but in 220v countries, people keep dying from this. If you kiss a mic in the US in the drizzle, you'll just puke. If you travel, remember no sound is "to die for."
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  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    That's why I use a wireless ;)

    Love the EMG P, though. Used them off and on for 30 years now. I'm using the Geezer most of the time now, but I have 3 basses with the active PJ set in them and they rule.
  11. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

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    Same here. I'm blown away by how good my two P-basses with GZR's sound.
  12. kurosawa

    kurosawa Supporting Member

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    Does a passive interact as well with V1 through a wireless as a cable? (If so, you might well have the best possible combination of safety and sound there.)
  13. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    Misconception. Electricity at 110v is no less dangerous than 220v. Voltage itself does not kill, current does.
  14. JimmyM

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    I always thought it did.
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  15. dmac1961

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    +1 to all the above on the original EMG P. My Yammy BB2K has been sporting EMG PJ's for 20 years. Clean, quiet and versatile, will cover virtually any gig.
  16. ricknote

    ricknote Supporting Member

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    EMG's have their own sound. Very even, extremely quiet, and tons of useable bottom and clear highs. I've played on them in the past and they always sound great. Currently using a Nordy in mine but would be perfectly happy to return to the EMG.
  17. kurosawa

    kurosawa Supporting Member

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    Googling around, Wikipedia lists 3 on-stage rock deaths by electrocution, all UK. Another page lists 5, all UK. When I first read of the problem, it was mentioned that Germany had 16 guitarist deaths by electrocution in a decade. Not finding any in the US. Let me know if you do.
  18. rob_thebassman

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    they're great, has alot more thickness and clarity to it but still sounds like a good old p bass :)

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