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Mixing EMG j with jx ???

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Donald Cajonn, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Donald Cajonn

    Donald Cajonn

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    Tried mixing different model pick ups in my jazz bass, a jx bridge pickup and a emg sj pup. I can't seem to get the jx pickup which is super nice to work. Its just really quiet. Should I add another battery? Or you can't mix pups? Thanks
  2. SGD Lutherie

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    The J has a higher output impedance than the JX. 10k vs. 2k.

    Are you using the controls that came with the JX?
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    yeah, have you checked each pickup by itself?

    wired right, they each should work fine, but together you'd probably only hear the "X" pickup.

    (i discovered this when wiring a set of duncan blackout (active) guitar pickups to an EMG-equipped axe; the duncans conveniently use the same connectors in the same configuration into the same pots, so i only had to clip in the new pickups; as an experiment i left the EMGs in to see how they mixed, and the duncans completely swamped them.

    the blackouts have a newer preamp than old-school EMGs; i suspect they were part of the impetus that got EMG to upgrade their preamps with the "X" series.)

    here's a dumb question: is the connector clip in backwards on the JX?
  4. Donald Cajonn

    Donald Cajonn

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    I'm using the active tone and it's working fine now.

    I can also hear both pickups crystal clear. I just had to drop the neck pickup down a lot to compensate

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