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Help me choose EMG-J or EMG-JX

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by javier69, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. javier69


    Mar 6, 2008
    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.

    Jun 5, 2011
    JX sounds like an upgrade to the J. I'd go for the JX.
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  4. 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.


    Good luck!

  5. Rusty the Scoob

    Rusty the Scoob Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    Concord, MA
  6. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

    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


    Sep 19, 2012
    I couldn't get the sound samples to play :( Do you have them on any other source? Dropbox perhaps?
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    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


    Mar 6, 2008
    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

    Aug 26, 2012
    Agreed. :ninja:
  11. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Roswell, GA
    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


    Mar 6, 2008
    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

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisconsin
    EMG's don't requir a grounded bridge, so if your bridge is still grounded, that may be the problem.
  14. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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

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