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EMG P - Any good?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JohnWest, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. JohnWest


    Jan 4, 2014
    I can't find any review of this pickups. Anyone has it? I have no experience with EMG. :(
  2. Isotonic

    Isotonic Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Round Rock TX
    I played through one years ago. If it's the original model, I think you will find it to be fat, focused and clean. It has very good note definition. Some people find this to be somewhat sterile. I liked it in the short time I played through it, but it was not for long and my playing has changed a lot since then. I think I will try it again. Lot's pros love EMGs though. I have heard they record very well.
  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    If you like EMG's I think they are excellent.
  4. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    I love the EMG PX pickup in my Fender, the JX doesn't handle the 7.25" radius too well though. I've used the EMG 35P before as well in an ESP bass. I love how they sound for a P pickup.
  5. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
  6. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    i'm really happy with my new EMG Geezer Butler P bass PU.
  7. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Years ago I had a P bass with an EMG PJ set and it was the best sounding bass I ever owned.
  8. I'm guessing you're asking about the original, which is the most common active EMG P model found used. If so:

    It's civilized. Sweet. The best ensemble blend you can get out of a P pickup, IMO. My pick if I could have only one P pickup to do everything from big band to rock to cocktail combo.

    Matter of fact, I just did get one bass, and I reached in the junk box and yup, the old EMG P is going in there. I have a '62 RI and an original '73 somewhere. Nah.

    Definitely the EMG actives are a safe P pickup. If it looks like rain and you're outdoors, you'll be happy when you kiss a mic to not be ground for your rig.

    NBD in the US, but in 220v countries, people keep dying from this. If you kiss a mic in the US in the drizzle, you'll just puke. If you travel, remember no sound is "to die for."
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  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    That's why I use a wireless ;)

    Love the EMG P, though. Used them off and on for 30 years now. I'm using the Geezer most of the time now, but I have 3 basses with the active PJ set in them and they rule.
  10. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    Same here. I'm blown away by how good my two P-basses with GZR's sound.
  11. Does a passive interact as well with V1 through a wireless as a cable? (If so, you might well have the best possible combination of safety and sound there.)
  12. Misconception. Electricity at 110v is no less dangerous than 220v. Voltage itself does not kill, current does.
  13. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I always thought it did.
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  14. +1 to all the above on the original EMG P. My Yammy BB2K has been sporting EMG PJ's for 20 years. Clean, quiet and versatile, will cover virtually any gig.
  15. ricknote


    Aug 3, 2006
    EMG's have their own sound. Very even, extremely quiet, and tons of useable bottom and clear highs. I've played on them in the past and they always sound great. Currently using a Nordy in mine but would be perfectly happy to return to the EMG.
  16. Googling around, Wikipedia lists 3 on-stage rock deaths by electrocution, all UK. Another page lists 5, all UK. When I first read of the problem, it was mentioned that Germany had 16 guitarist deaths by electrocution in a decade. Not finding any in the US. Let me know if you do.
  17. rob_thebassman


    Jul 26, 2010
    Normanton, UK
    playing bass since 2005
    they're great, has alot more thickness and clarity to it but still sounds like a good old p bass :)