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Actives: Bring em up to 18v?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Minger, Jan 30, 2005.


  1. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I've got an Ibanez RB800 and heard about the EMGs that can go up to 18/27 volts...in which I was considering doing it to mine with the stock pickups...is this a good idea?
     
  2. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    EMG products are meant to handle 27V tops. Upgrading to 18V is a great idea (27V doesn't buy ya much from 18V). Mostly it'll buy ya more headroom, and depending on the bass/woods, bring out certain freq. better...I just did this with my Spector not too long ago, and wont look back.

    Ray
     
  3. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Well, I mean on the stock active pickups, if thats a good idea or will I just end up screwing the whole thing over?
     
  4. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Mine's just a "stock" EMG HZ pickups and EMG BTC System preamp. I'd suggest e-mailing EMG to make sure you're model can handle 18V, and if it can, build the harness (three battery clips and completly reversable!) and try it. If you don't like it, go back to 9V. Can't lose if you ask me. Just make sure EMG says it wont fry anything first.

    Ray
     
  5. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Nonono, the thing is that well, I doubt they're EMGs because well, they say Ibanez on them.

    But since I don't wanna fry anything, just nevermind I guess...I'm happy with my new SX anyways :D
     
  6. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    E-mail Ibanez and ask, can't hurt, worst they'll do is say no you can't do it. I'd still say go for it, $3 later and you may have a new love, for an old bass ;).

    Ray
     
  7. I dunno if its possible but if you can see the opamp, type some of the numbers you see on top into google, until you get a match with the spec sheet for it. This should give you an idea of what sorta voltages it can handle and whether you'll get any benefit from bumping it up to 18v or 27v.

    Thats what I did, then asked a few folk. There's a thread that goes into things in a little more detail floating around somewhere.

    Josh D
     
  8. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I'm interested in that myself, did a quick search came up wil nil -- what's the opamp look like?

    Ray
     
  9. Just like a little computer chip type thingy. Maybe .3"x.25" (thats a complete guess, I'm at work and I don't work with non-metric units much) and should have 8 'legs' (they're really pins but they look like legs). Odds are that there should be only one, though there maybe 2 or at the most 3.

    Somebody a little more familar might be able to help you out, I've never seen an EMG system and its a several hours before I'm back home.

    Josh D
     
  10. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I already know what you mean...just google the numbers eh? Time to give this a try...

    Ray
     
  11. Yeah, not neccesarily just the numbers because the ID code for the thing will be alpha-numeric, ie in my bass its an RC4558, then there's the NE5532, TL072, LM6712; the list goes on.

    A combination of numbers and letters that looks like that, all I did was plug them in till I got a match.
     
  12. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Very cool. I'd try it, but I can't see the code on mine good enough. I'm not worried, I know mine goes to 27V, EMG told me :). I only care about 18 lol.

    Ray