1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  

EMG Preamp with Passive Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Saint, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. Saint


    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    Does anyone have any experience using emg preamp circuits with non-emg passive pickups? The website says that this is doable, but I've never heard a bass with that combo.

    Right now I'm building a bass with 2 MM-style pickups (one Lane Poor, one Basslines) and I was going to use a Bartolini pre-amp, but was looking to see if the EMG setup might be better.

  2. Yes I did that.

    I had a Fender MB-5 with passive pups that was wired as vol-pan-tone and put an EMG BTC (concentric bass & treble) in place of the tone pot. IIRC, all I had to do was snip a couple of wires the volume pot, wire in the BTC and a new jack, and away I went. Sounded terrific I thought. The reason for the TRS jack is that it acts as a power switch when you plug in an instrument cable.

    Very doable, quite simple and IMHO gives you way more good tones.

  3. Primary

    Primary TB Assistant

    Here are some related products that TB members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to TB’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to TB discussions about these products.

    Mar 6, 2021

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.