Another EMG X thread...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by The Rage, Nov 2, 2018.


  1. The Rage

    The Rage

    Nov 12, 2013
    By reading other threads seems like the "X" series goes both deeper and higher than standard EMG.
    I have one bass loaded with an EMG P/J set(and a spector tonepump pre) and another one with a P/J X set (and a EMG BQC pre) and to me seem like the X just goes deeper.

    In one of the other EMG X thread, someone suggested to check the "resonant peak" in the PDF on the EMG page.
    The "resonant peak" value on the X pickups is always lower or on par with the traditional one, while “Thump” is always increased.
    But since I know absolutely nothing about it (and about electronics in general)...
    Do someone knows what does it means (in a “for dummies” way)?

    I'm trying to understand because I'm thinking of swapping a pair of 40TW for a set of 40DC or DCX (to use with a tonepump). I'm used to bright sounding pups, and while the TW are good and versatile, they are quite dark.
    I'm looking for something aggressive, grindy and good to cut through a busy mix, hence the DC/DCX choice but it seems ther's no abundance of DCX audio clip, let alone a comparison against old DC...

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. rwkeating

    rwkeating

    Oct 1, 2014
    Chicago
    none
    What sound of the TW do you like better the humbucker or the "single coil"? The single coil is brighter (ignore the volume
    difference.) You may like a "single coil" (actuall for EMG it is a stacked humbucker) as in their J series of soapbar pickups (JCS, JX ...)

    I have no idea what EMG means by thump.
     
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  3. The Rage

    The Rage

    Nov 12, 2013
    I like the TW more in the "single coil" mode. As humbucker they seems quite dark.
    Seems the only EMG I can find are P/J or P/J X in regular housing, Dc or dcx, and MM style but thanks anyway :)

    Gonna try them a bit more.

    Me neither. ^^
     
  4. rwkeating

    rwkeating

    Oct 1, 2014
    Chicago
    none
    I'm confused. I thought you wanted to replace the TW (a soapbar) with another soapbar that was "less dark". That is why I suggested the JCS or JX in the soapbar configuration as I feel their "single coil nature" would be less dark regardless of resonant frequency. The JCS or JX would just be a drop in replacement for the TW as long as you got the correct size (35, 40 or 45.)
     
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  5. The Rage

    The Rage

    Nov 12, 2013
    Yes, you're right. I'm thinking of replacing the TW with something more bright and aggresive (like DC or DCX). Sorry, guess my english is bad^^
    I know EMG makes P and J pickups in soapbar housing, but I can not find them neither in my local shops or in online stores like Thomann.
     
  6. Funkinthetrunk

    Funkinthetrunk Registered User Supporting Member

    I have a TWX and it sounds like DC when in dual coil mode. In single, I find very litle if any drop in volume. That's a TWX, as I have no experience with just the TW.
     
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  7. rwkeating

    rwkeating

    Oct 1, 2014
    Chicago
    none
    Depending where you are, I suggest just ordering them from EMG and getting what you want. According to their page they have a deal going on now.

    @Funkinthetrunk you are correct. The TWX levels are well matched, but on the TW the single coil mode is significantly quieter.
     
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  8. Funkinthetrunk

    Funkinthetrunk Registered User Supporting Member

    I didn't think they shipped EMGs out of USA...I could be wrong.
     
  9. I love the JCS in a 35 or Jazz bass. Deep and well suited to flatwound strings.
     

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