Help me choose EMG-J or EMG-JX

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  1. javier69

    javier69

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    Hi: I have a set of Quarter Pounder (5 strings) on a jazz bass with a pedal EDEN WTDI it sound great no problem with but I gonna change my set to a full active mode and I have this 2 option
    1) EMG-J
    2) EMG-JX

    Wish one is better? I think the 2 set sounds almost the same (IMO) but I like a very clear sound but with a good punch...
    I play Hard Rock, contemporary music, some jazz and some metal...
     
  2. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

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    JX sounds like an upgrade to the J. I'd go for the JX.
     
  3. Jamie_Funk

    Jamie_Funk Supporting Member

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    This is of course IMO, but the JX are far superior to the J - much more open, less compressed, more dynamic. I tried both in my bass and the JX were the clear winners. I'm using 45JX in my Yamaha Nathan East 5 string and couldn't be happier.

    Again - this is HIGHLY subjective. I was in a position to try both. One thing I will say is don't depend too heavily on YouTube comparisons - the sound quality (or lack thereof) of most videos masks a lot. I didn't hear a huge difference in such videos, but in real life? very noticeable.

    YMMV

    Good luck!

    J
     
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    joeyl Supporting Member

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    I used the regular J and JX, I like the JX much better since it sounded like there was more air around each note. But my favorite is JVX :D
     
  7. aparker82

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    I couldn't get the sound samples to play :( Do you have them on any other source? Dropbox perhaps?
     
  8. JimmyM

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    I like the regular pickups better than the X's. The X's sound great but they have more treble and slightly more low end, and I ended up liking less treble and slightly less low end.
     
  9. javier69

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    I think I'm gonna try the JX pair... I let you know how it goes! thanks!
     
  10. gully_jones

    gully_jones Stone cold groovy man Supporting Member

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    Agreed. :ninja:
     
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    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    I think the X series improvements are much more noticeable when using the DCX / CSX / TWX series pickups. That said, still enjoying the JX/PX set on my Fender but I need to get some fretwork and to fiddle with some pickup height to get the J more balanced for a 7.25" radius.
     
  12. javier69

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    Ok Im already got them installed on my Jazz Bass it sound great, but I notice something strange, it's supposed that EMG is totally quiet? the pick ups sound great, but I got a humming noise (more like a ground sound) when i touch the 1/4 jack it turn completly quiet... I check every step on conectors again and it is everything ok...
     
  13. Scoops

    Scoops Vagabond at large Supporting Member

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    EMG's don't requir a grounded bridge, so if your bridge is still grounded, that may be the problem.
     
  14. joeyl

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    Try a different outlet or room in your house and see if it makes a difference
     

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