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Can the wrong pots Damage EMGs?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Pickebass, Dec 18, 2006.


  1. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    Purchased a bass recently with EMG active pickups. The bass sounded a little distorted. At first, I thought it may have been the battery. Changed the battery and then noticed that the system had 250k pots.

    Making a long story short, I changed the pots to the correct 25k pots and 18v system and the problem still exists. Granted it is not as bad, but still exists.

    Could the pickups have been damaged by having the wrong pots??
     
  2. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Nope.
    They just attenuate the Output volume
     
  3. joebingo

    joebingo

    Aug 23, 2006
    London, UK
    if it's sounding distorted, check the wiring, or get an even higher number.

    like 500k, or somn. was it loud distorted, or just buggered distorted.
     
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    If someone was messing around with the wiring of the pickups while the battery was still installed, it may have damaged the internal preamp of the EMG's.
     
  5. bigd4207

    bigd4207

    Apr 28, 2006
    In the clouds
    No, you don't damage the pup or the internal pre, it just won't sound right or at all, there is really just not enough voltage in any eq system to actually fry anything. Just use the pots recommended and you got nothing to worry about. But I have tried the whole, 25k pot on passive pups, and well it really doesn't work.
     
  6. Joe BassPlayer

    Joe BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Georgia
    +1
    Hopefully whoever worked on the bass disconnected the battery first. But then again, someone installed 250K pots in lieu of 25K.
    I've worked on quite a few basses with EMG's and the only ones that I've run into with internal pickup OP amp problems didn't exhibit distortion. They just didn't work at all.
     
  7. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    thanks for the replys. I have wired EMG pickups before, so the only assumption I can make is that the internal preamp is fried. I'm probably going to put new pickups in it anyway, just curious if anyone has encountered this problem.
     
  8. PSPookie

    PSPookie

    Aug 13, 2006
    Lubbock, TX
    Are the pickups too close to the strings?

    I know this is simplistic, but sometimes when you know alot you miss the easy things.
     

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