Replace stock Passive with EMG's

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by mansjasont, Aug 7, 2013.


  1. mansjasont

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    I recently finished building my first bass, which I love and has become my #1 bass. I have an Ibanez that is now my #2. I was thinking about upgrading the Ibanez for a while but never had time, now that it's #2, I still want to upgrade it and its not a big deal if its out of commission for a while.

    My question is, being a complete n00b with active pickups, does this set (http://www.bestbassgear.com/emg-pickups-pj-bass.htm) come with everything I need to switch from passive to active? What else would I need to do/get?
     
  2. JimmyM

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    Yes, that would be everything you'd need to make it work, but the controls that it comes with won't take you into active EQ territory, meaning they'll work more like a passive bass and not allow you to boost frequencies, only cut. I HIGHLY recommend the BQC preamp. It has a mid control that I've come to lean heavily on in my basses that have EMG's.
     
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    I tried a set of them when I was looking for pickups for my P Lyte. I thought they sounded very similar to the regular EMG PJ's except with a lot brighter top and extended lows. Nice sound for some, but I liked the PJ's better. I know a lot of people love those X's though...I'm just not one of them.
     
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  6. Snakeman1066

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    your spot on Jimmy, though i would add the voicing to me is quite noticeably different...but for my brand of music these really helped me cut through the mix...over the standard P/J's
     

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