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Can EMG preamps be used with any pickup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by steviecsg, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    Does anyone know if EMG preamps eg BTC can be used with non ENG pickups, eg Barts, DImarzio or stock Fender pickups?

    Is there any disadvantage in such a setup, or perhaps, the full potential of the preamp can only be unleashed with the use of EMG pickups?

    Let's have your view!


  2. Hi, if you do get that preamp or any other in the end, shed your experience here, ta'.
  3. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    ive a status energy artist 5 with EMG BTC. it works very nicely indeed but i was wondering if i was being shortchanged by using hyperactive pickups instead of EMGs.
  4. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I dropped an EMG 18V pre with sweepable mids into my US Curbow 5 string, and I love the way they sound with the Barts.

    Plenty of headroom, and the tone is crystal clear.
  5. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    Meekster is right. I put a BTC in my Vaccaro using the stock passive pups and it sounds great! I had to replace the pots that came w/ the BTC w/ the pots that came on my bass, but that was relatively easy.
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