As I am a tone junkie, I love finding new sounds and combinations to get to that holy grail of sound that I'm always seeming to chase in my head. After consistently hearing what great pickups there were, I decided to try them out. I've had emg products in my past, so it wasn't any shock to see the solderless connections or ease of installation, which is a great way to mount pickups and electronics. One thing I have learned with emg is to pay very close attention to the jack leads. The instructions (to me) show the leads going to the wrong tang, and I've had to switch them on two separate builds after putting them on the wrong connectors on the jack. A little annoying, but no issue as they just snap on and off. Be warned lol. The sound was not as aggressive as the hype said, and was actually very flexible when using the controls. Wide open my precision yielded a great middy grind with a tight bottom, not at all bottom heavy or boomy. A definite classic rock sound for sure. Not super hot, but they felt a little overwound compared to the stock mim pickups they replaced. Rolling off the tone, volume, or both gets the sound into a more traditional, almost vintage sound, much rounder, but still with a mid bump. I've only used SS rounwounds with them, but a set of flats would yield a nice Motown sound with the volume and tone knob rolled off a bit I would feel. I've found emgs respond nicely to finding the sweet spot regarding string clearance, and these are no different. You can really get them dialed in with the right string height. These were my first passive emgs I've used, and they quickly have become my favorite set of pickups I've tried. I'm planning on getting s set for a PJ I have, and look forward to how they will sound. No, these won't make you sound like Geezer, but they are a well thought out set of pups with a tasty mid bump that sits very well in loud rock bands or even country with them rolled back a bit. They are suprisingly versatile, much more than I expected. If you want a great sounding set of passive pickups for a precision style bass, give these a try. I'm sure glad I did.
EMG GZR P - Geezer Butler Precision Pickup
EMG along with legendary artist Geezer Butler have collaborated to develop the GZR-P and GZR-PJ signature bass pickup sets. The Rock and Roll Hall of