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EMG GZR-PJ "Geezer Buttler" Signature set.

5/5, 5 from 4 reviews
Classic Passive P/J pickups from EMG.
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Reviews Summary
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Overall Rating:
5/5,
Sound:
5/5,
Build Quality:
4.5/5,
Features:
5/5,
Feel:
5/5,
Value:
4.75/5,
  1. hbarcat
    My new favorite pickups
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 16, 2019
    Sound:
    5.00/5,
    Build Quality:
    5.00/5,
    Features:
    5.00/5,
    Feel:
    5.00/5,
    Value:
    5.00/5,
    Pros
    • + Exactly the tone I've been searching for.
    • + Quiet for passives
    • + Easy connect wiring harness. No soldering
    • + Very versatile combination
    Cons
    • - Can't think of any yet
    I bought the EMG Geezer P/J set to swap into an inexpensive Ibanez that I want to use as a "workhorse" bass. I need to have the versatility to provide the mellow vintage P sound and also the aggressiveness of a J.

    I've played with a half dozen makes and models of the P/J and generally liked most of them but until I tried the Geezers was never actually excited about them. After just a few minutes of playing I knew these were going to be a permanent part of my tonal apparatus. After 2 weeks (20 hours) of additional playing, I'm more sure than ever.

    I'm not tech savvy enough about pickups to know what goes into making them sound like they do. I just know these are what I've been imaging as the ideal tone for the live music that I usually play. I'd previously been happiest with the EMG active P/J set and preferred them over any of the various genuine Fender versions or off brand passives and actives. But they had a very slight harshness in the J and I felt the P lacked authenticity and was a bit too clean and modern.

    The Geezer set is surprisingly quiet. I was worried about that and almost passed on buying them because I've never played a passive J that didn't have an unacceptable level of buzz. I'm glad I gave these a chance.
    Price Paid:
    %149
  2. joebar
    GZR-killer PU
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Nov 19, 2016
    Sound:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros
    • + ballsier than a fender PU/easy install
    Cons
    • - very bright but can be dialled down.
    dropped it into an old MIJ P bass copy. lots of low end great tone overall. can be bright but tone control is quite linear and useable.
    piece of cake install.
    overall, my old bass sounds killer.
    Price Paid:
    135 CAN
  3. Manny Dylan
    great tone!!!! but...
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 26, 2015
    Sound:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    3/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros
    • + Completely solderless, great dynamics and pick sensitivity, easy install if done right and not in need of repair, GREAT SERVICE FROM EMG TO RESOLVE THESE ISSUES
    Cons
    • - QC before shipping, you have to remove pickguard shielding(unconventional but made them work properly)
    Let me start by saying that the customer service that EMG provided was above and beyond all expectations I had. I was having an issue with the pick up not having any output when it was installed on the pickguard, this was a combination of the shielding still being on my pickguard, and a fault in the pickup, when I removed the shielding I got signal, but more hum then signal.

    I sent the pickguard with the pickups to the manufacturer, and not only did I get it within the week, I also got a replacement for the bridge grounding wire from the company.
    Once everything was reinstalled it sounded immense, and is probably my new favorite bass pick up for a p bass.
    Price Paid:
    99
  4. Eilif
    An Excellent set of Pickups and an Excellent value
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 20, 2015
    Sound:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros
    • + -Great tone -Easy install -Great Price
    Cons
    • - -Incorporating into a non-EMG electronics package requires modification -Customer has to cut their own pickup elevation foam
    I installed these on an ESP/LTD "Vintage 214 Fretless" bass. The stock pickups weren't bad, but these provided much more clarity and depth. Additionally, the GZR set gave much more differentiation between the P, J and P/J settings.

    The soloed P really nails the vintage P tone and the J brings in the highs that you just can't get from having just a mid-position pickup. The hum-canceling J is a touch darker sounding than a traditional single coil but that hasn't been a problem to my ears.

    Despite reading many reviews that said as much, I was really surprised at the classic nature of these pickups. EMG is not known for classic passive tones, but these pickups deliver just that. This is not a pickup set that strives to modernize or otherwise specialize the classic P and J tones. Rather it seems to delivers a very nice version of just what you'd think a classic P/J should sound like.

    The solder-less control package went in without a hitch. Note though that the sleeve and tip tabs on the picture are illustrated correctly, but pictured positioned reversed from the tabs on the actual jack. Swap the wire connections and you'll be fine.

    For those who are not going to use the supplied electronics package there may be a bit of additional work to figure out which contacts go where. That said, it shouldn't be too hard to integrate the GZR pickups into a standard soldered wiring scheme. The only other niggling point is that pre-cut pickup elevation foam is not included, but the customer is expected to cut their own from the high density packaging foam.

    Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this setup. I can't say for sure how it compares to other high-end P/J setups, but considering that it includes two great pickups and all the wiring components it's hard to imagine doing better for the same price.
    Price Paid:
    $139
    RicoTheBassMan and tomoya97 like this.
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