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EMG or Bartolini

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by montymax53, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. montymax53


    Nov 8, 2004
    I'm looking to change the pickups on my Ibanez sr405 and I just wanted to know whether I should put EMG's or Bartolinis on this bass.
  2. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    What sound are you going for? Do you know what the body is made out of?
  3. montymax53


    Nov 8, 2004
    I'm looking for bottom, warmth, and clearity. kindof rb, funk, and jazzy flava.
  4. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    Well, it's hard to talk about sound on the web. I like both EMG's and Barts, but don't have an overt loyalty to either. I have EMGs in one bass, a Lane Poor in one, and Duncan Actives in the other - but the two basses without EMGs have Bartolini preamps in them. I also have a pair of EMG MM p/ups with preamp ready to drop into my MusicMan copy when I get a chance...

    I think that you can get the sound you like out of either - despite what others might say - and the EMGs definitely sound better with 18v than they do with 9v, especially if you're running a preamp.
  5. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    If clarity is the function EMG. I have found Bart's get a little to midrange for me.
  6. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    both barts and EMG's can get bottom, warmth and clarity. The question on body wood was a very relevant one. EMG's can brighten up a dark sounding bass, or make a bright one sound tinny. Barts can tame a bright bass, or make a dark sounding bass sound muffled.
    Those are generalisations, there are other variables involved, but come from my experiences.

    Also, each mfr makes many different types of pickups. Bart make some brighter wound pickups, EMG make some warmer sounding pickups.

    What sort of pickups are in your ibanez right now? I don't mean brand, I mean J/P/MM/Soapbar? I'm not familiar with the pickup configurations on modern day Ibanez basses.
  7. montymax53


    Nov 8, 2004
    I have soapbar pickups.
  8. tim99

    tim99 Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    I also have a SR405 that I want to upgrade. Interesting that I found this thread.
    The pickups are 1.5 inches by 4.0 inches soapbar. The preamp has five knobs: volume, blend, treble, mid, bass.
    The Ibanez website says that the Ibanez SR405 has a "Soft Maple Body". The zzounds.com website says that the Ibanez SR405 has a "Lightweight American soft Maple body for added low end". The warmoth.com site talks about soft maple this way: "Western [soft] Maple grows all around us here in Washington state. It is usually much lighter weight than Hard Maple but it features the same white color. It has bright tone with good bite and attack, but is not brittle like the harder woods can be."

    For dual coil sound there is:

    bartolini 72M45C dual coil deep tone
    bartolini 72M45K dual coil bright tone


    EMG 40CS traditional warmer smoother
    EMG 40DC beefy, brilliant, more than enough output


    EMGs and bartolinis at thebassplace:


    bartolinis at bestbassgear (forum sponsor):


    Hmmm...there are some threads on this here:





    There is the battery issue. This bass does not have a battery box. Some of the preamps can be 18 Volt. Here are one and two battery boxes:


    Yes, I have nothing better to do tonight. :)

    And I am practicing my bass while searching. :bassist:

  9. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I enjoy the sound of passive bartolini pickups, especially the 8s (precision pickup). On my passive Godin SD, i often solo the precision pickup and it sounds insane through my rig. It has bottom warmth with a sweet throaty growl.