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EMG-P whats the word

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by impactwrench, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. impactwrench


    Feb 22, 2009
    I just picked up a used MIM P with this as a pickup. I had to solder one wire back on and change the battery. Works fine now, but doesnt dazzle my ears. If I had a string tree for my other MIM P I could A-B them, but I cant say Im loving the EMG just yet...

    Whats the general consensus on these? Not exactly a prime replacement for a vintage fender Im guessing...
  2. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    This is the active version, right - not the budget "Select" version?

    I would say there is no consensus on either the P or the J set by EMG. They are similar sounding to the genuine thing but not the same, and they have their pros and cons. I prefer the EMG's and many professionals use them and prefer their sound. Probably just as many pros would never use them. I have the EMG P on two of my basses and I wouldn't be happy if I had to switch to the Fender originals. Really, it just comes down to the subtle differences in tone between the two and which you personally prefer. In my experience, what I perceive as "smoother" tone with the EMG's someone else will perceive as "sterile". :D

    One selling point of the EMG's is they are noiseless and not subject to the same electromagnetic interference as the Fender p'ups without the need for a ground to the bridge because they have an active preamp and are internally grounded. But this also means they require a battery to operate (and when the battery dies the p'ups quit working) and to some people this is an unnecessary hassle.
  3. +1 on the Select vs. real deal. EMGs may not have much of a vintage sound, but there isn't anything that can get as articulate or aggressive. A top notch pre-amp can help "tame" EMGs. I have 2 basses with 'em and really enjoy the sound.
  4. Fretlessboy


    Nov 29, 2007
    St Augustine Florida
    Endorsing artist GENZ BENZ/HERCULES STANDS/XSonics
    I have had EMG's in my '65 Pbass since '84... they are still in there
  5. I have a EMG PJ configuration on my Spector - has a great sound.
  6. impactwrench


    Feb 22, 2009
    This pickup is the EMG-P like the thread title says...definitely not the select. Plus my OP says I had to change the battery.

    I was actually quite surprised that these DO sound like a P bass...just that I dont think it sounds much different or better than the stock pickup.

    Like I said once I get a string tree for my other MIM then Ill take both to band practice and A/B. I love the color of this new bass...sage green. Reminds me of the "green" bathroom in my grammas old house ;) Kinda minty, kinda vintage, all cool.

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