replacing Duncan Designed jazz pickups w/ EMG

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Direct Box Rox, Jan 17, 2013.


  1. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox

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    am I going to notice a night and day difference between my Duncan Designed jazz pickups vs. EMG JHZ (passive jazz)?

    Anyone with any experience have an opinion? Thank you.
  2. DERB

    DERB

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    not likely.
  3. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox

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  4. Batmensch

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    I think a better answer might be, maybe you would notice a difference, maybe not. The thing is, even if there is a night and day difference, there is absolutely no guarantee you will actually like the change. If you want to take this risk, you can go ahead and try a swap, hoping you don't hate the sound of the new pickups. Maybe you'll get lucky and you will prefer the new p'ups. Maybe not.
    Personally, if I liked the sound of the DD pickups (and I do, I have two Squier VM's) I would just leave them alone.
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  6. Bobster

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    I replaced the Duncan Designed 5-string pickups in my Squier VM Jazz 5 with Lollars. I didn't like Duncan Desigened pickups voicing. I don't have the same issue with the 4 string VM Jazz.

    There is a noticeable difference with the 5 string version.

    Best of luck,

    Bob
  7. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox

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    Ok guys, thanks for the info. I almost pulled the trigger on EMG JHZ pickups (used) on Ebay for $40.
  8. joelb79

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    This is how those HZ's might sound. To be honest, they will probably sound less scooped sounding than the Duncan Designed J's. the HZ's are a little darker than the EMG Active J's, and of course passive so there are no op-amp limitations or benefits applied. Occasionally there are some cheaper EMG J Set actives for sale here on Talkbass. I might be selling a set of those J's soon, as I just got the JX's and love them.

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