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Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by slinginsix, Mar 10, 2008.
What are the tone differences between these pups?
Very generally speaking, and IMO, I would connect these positive and negative words with them:
EMG: Clear, open, rich, transparent - sterile, lifeless.
Barts: Punchy, growly - closed, nasal, not letting the "bass" through.
I wouldn't change the EMG's in my Fodera, because I get that clear, transparent sound from them, but for a fretless one of my first choices would be Barts because of their midrange boost, which is where the "mwah" lies
There are a lot of opinions on these PU's, though, and sometimes it's very difficult to determine what is actually the PU and what's the rest of the bass in the tone.
victor wooten demonstrates what emg's sound like on most (if not all?) of his stuff.
not much experience with barts, myself.
I also have EMGs in one of my basses ('69 Fender P-J) and Barts in my fretless late 70's Jazz. Clean and punch +++ PLUS +++ from the EMGs and fretless 'heaven' from the (full active) Bart system.
I have EMGs in one of my basses and Barts in the other. It's pretty much the same exact bass.
I use the EMGs for the lower tuned one because I like the way it picks up the lows.
My standard-tuning bass has the Barts because they have an extreme range of tonal possibilities.
Of course, each bass also has the whole EQ from the respective company, not just the pickups.
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I don't think they sound exactly the same, but it's not like I've ever had an opportunity to try out 2 basses that were otherwise the same with EMGs and Barts. The Spector NS-2 doesn't sound exactly like a Pedulla MVP.
That being said, I like the EMG PJ config for that famous Vic tone and tend to use Barts in my various fretless basses.
I think that bartolini J style pickups may be an exception to the "bartolini sound" My barts (69J's) are not dark sounding at all. They have a very transparent sound, lots of bass, slightly scooped mids, and crystal clear highs.