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Bartolini NTBTG with active EMGs

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by GFOS, Jul 11, 2003.


  1. GFOS

    GFOS

    Dec 27, 2002
    Athens, Alabama
    Does anyone know if the Bart NTBTG will work okay with active EMGs? Has anyone tried this? Will this pre run at 18 volts?
     
  2. GFOS

    GFOS

    Dec 27, 2002
    Athens, Alabama
    Come on guys, help me out here. Will this work?
     
  3. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    With EMGs being active and having the preamp built into the pickup, there may be issues. I would check with EMG as they are generally pretty good about answering e-mails. Forget trying Bartolini. Their online customers service is a joke. :rolleyes:
     
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    according to the bartolini website here , the ntbtg preamp runs at 9v only. As to whether you'd fry it at 18v, I don't know.
    There's no reason why you can't use emg's with an additional preamp, I did this with EMG's and a U-Retro in my warwick thumb. There should be no problem with a bart preamp, although with only 9v you probably won't have as much headroom as you would at 18v.

    Also, you don't say whether this is an upgrade install or new bass install. If it's an upgrade, and you currently have passive pups you should look into replacing your current vol/blend pots with pots of a more appropriate impedance for active pups (100k vs 250/500K). EMG usually supply these with their pickup sets.
     
  5. GFOS

    GFOS

    Dec 27, 2002
    Athens, Alabama
    I don't know if I would call this an upgrade or not. I am changing out the stock EMG BTC in a Modulus Q5. As it has been stated here by several others, the sound of the EMGs and EMG pre just doesn't do it for me.