EMG-HZ ..Opinions?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by RIZ, Aug 25, 2000.

  1. Recently we all have seen the emergence of these p/ups on production basses. Anyone have a new bass with them as std equipment? if so what do you think of them?

    Just curious....Thx.
  2. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    The line I heard on 'em is that they are cheap overseas pickups that for bass sound nasaly and honky. Nothing special about 'em above other inexpensive pickups. Certainly nothing like "real" EMGs. I wouldn't go out of my way for 'em.
  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  4. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    The bass that I heard them on...was anything BUT "nasaly and honky". They had a great bottom end.....mid and highs that were rich and clear... and a full sound over the entire range of the bass.
    From the previous description...it's difficult for me to even think that we are discussing the same pickups.
  5. Doug


    Apr 5, 2000
    Buffalo, N.Y.
    I have to go with Deynn on this one. I have these on my ESP and they sound incredible. I don't like that nasally sound either, and these things are far from nasally sounding.

    [Edited by Doug on 08-30-2000 at 12:27 PM]
  6. Doug, I love your signature. I had to do a double take when I saw it, but I roared with laughter...:D:

    Anyway, I have a Spector NS2000-5 and it has the EMG-HZ's
    on it. I am considering replacing them with EMG 40DC's and either the EMG-BQC or the EMG-BTS active tone control systems.

    I can't see how this could hurt and would end up putting my Korean made Spector on alot closer footing with the much more costly and better sounding Euro made Spectors which use the same EMG 40DC P/U's.

    The EMG-HZ's aren't bad per-sey, they do the job adequetly enough for me, but I guess I am looking for something more from my Spector with out having to buy a Euro Spector, which I'd like to do but the wife would have my head for lunch! (a.k.a. this is the lesser of two evils!)
  7. Doug


    Apr 5, 2000
    Buffalo, N.Y.
    That signature was courtesy of our own beloved

    John Turner.

    He had it posted in one of the threads. I laughed my arse off when I seen it. I just had to have it as my sig. At least until something funnier comes along.
  8. I heard the same story from one of my friends, that they sounded crappy, but when I played one at Guitar Center it sounded beautiful. Maybe there are a few defective ones roaming around?

    Rock on
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Maybe nasally and honky aren't good descriptions. How about this:

    Unnatural:D There's nothing wrong with the classic, early active electronics sound of the HZ's, if you like that sort of thing. I was The line I was piggybacking on was "Nothing special about 'em above other inexpensive pickups. Certainly nothing like "real" EMGs. I wouldn't go out of my way for 'em." Smoke 'em if ya got 'em.

    This wasn't based on hearsay, this was direct experience with them in several basses.
  10. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    I don't know Brad....mine sound quite natural to me...:)
    Really....they sound great and I am consistently AND pleasantly surprised/pleased with the variety of tone I can get with them.
    Is it the pickups...or the active electronics??????
  11. LeftyBass


    Jul 20, 2000
    The Dean Edge 4's and above come with them standard and I have fallen in love with them... I don't know where you got "Nasaly and honky" but it wasn't from this bass! Maybe it's the difference between active and passive, (mine are passive) but they have the sweetest lows and mids of any pickup's I've played on. A far sight better than any fender pickup's! I even like the HZ'z better than the bartolini's that were in the Tobias I played on. If HZ's are the low end of EMG pickups, I'll be using EMG's in EVERYTHING I EVER PLAY!

    Sooooooo smoooooothe.... :)

  12. All EMG HZ's are Passive. The HZ stands for high impedance; an active bass would have a low impedance. Some HZ loaded basses have an active circuit separate from the P/up, unlike active EMG's which all have a circuit board inside the pickup. <p>
    I played a bass with Humbucker HZ's and thought it sounded dark, not nasaly as Eli described. I think that's just the nature of passive humbuckers, though. I've never seen these pickups on a high-end bass so I assume they are cheaply made. That's, okay though. Something doesn't have to be pricey to be good. I love my Ford and wouldn't trade it for all the money in the wo--- What am I talking about, hell yeah I would. <p>
    Don't knock on Fenders, LeftyBass, The mexican ones have crappy pickups but my American Deluxe has a great system. It's probably hard to get a good production left handed bass, but don't step on my toes because I got steel toe boots and I don't give a F***
  13. LeftyBass


    Jul 20, 2000
    Dude, I don't mean to be stepping on your toes. I personally don't like fenders in general. Actaully I like the MIM fenders better than the AMerican made ones usually.


    If they work for you, than rock on, bro. I mean, I like 24 frets... a lot of people hate 24 frets and will only play on 21. That's cool. Some people really like p-basses. I'm not that hot on 'em... I have one, but it's definately not my fav. It's all about opinions on these message boards, so chill dude! If my opinions don't match up with your's, that's totaly groovy. Be happy! We live in a country that says that's ok and healthy and allows differences.

    SO, hey... I'm barefoot, take off the steel toes and feel the grass dude.
  14. NooN3000


    Feb 22, 2013
    I have an ibanez sra500 that has the emg hz humbuckers on it and I love 'em. Sounds great through my ampeg svt350. I think their rather worm and deep. This is my 1st bass with emg's on it, and I'm defiantly a fan.
  15. Smilodon

    Smilodon Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2012
    Well, i hope OP have figured out how HZ sounds by now. This thread is over 12 years old now. :smug:
    lokikallas likes this.
  16. Doodaddy

    Doodaddy Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    West Monroe, LA
    One should hope so at least! :p

    To be on topic, I don't particularly hate them, but they have definitely soured my perception of EMG to where I am not willing to spend money on their products.
  17. DRE4MR


    Sep 5, 2016
    I have a Cort.it is an active bass with EMG-HZ pickups. Sounds great. But I'm no expert. I just enjoy it as is only the second bass I have Owed.
  18. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    EMG Hz pickups are often dismissed as poor sounding. I've seen them described bybdifferent folks as muddy and/or bright. Hmmmm. I have a couple in my small herd. They have their place. I have them wired parallel, and loaded down with the right combo of resistance and capacitance, and get compliments (unsolicited) from sound guys on how good they sound.

    They're tools that work well for some, not for others.
  19. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    My 2011 Ibby SRA305 had 35HZ's as OEM. Good pickups. Relatively quiet. Relatively good tone. Functioned well. Then my band went and bought a top-line Behringer digital board. Then, like any passive pickup, it had too much noise in the mix. (So did my other passive basses). So I went with EMG actives to get the >-100dB noise floor. But if I was not going through a digital board, I would not have changed them out. They are good passive humbucking soapbars.
  20. Leiria


    May 21, 2015
    Anybody got opinions on the TBs? I feel like the Gibson TB+ doesnt have enough top-end and was wondering how these compare. Do they sound anything like in this video?