EMG " select " passive pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by AllodoX, Apr 16, 2002.

  1. are they any good ?
  2. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Don't think so. Pretty sterile sounding, and they don't even have the "edge" that EMG pickups normally have. I've only had experience with the PJ set, I replaced the stock (crappy) pickups in my first bass with them, and I think the originals sounded better.
  3. dougray

    dougray Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2002
    western maryland
    i would just add the extra $$ and get the emg active pickups,... good -luck
  4. I actually like the EMG Select P p/up - I've got the PJ set in my Fender Precision plus (hear it on "rising" with The Now on the Talkbass station)and the EMG Select P in my homemade Warmoth with a Kent Armstrong double J humbucker at the bridge- that's the bass I used on "MTR" on the Talkbass station.
    it gets enough clarity for me.

    the PJ set gets a good growl in both p'ups full-on mode, but the single-coil J picks up hum quite badly.
  5. they sound nice indeed..

    are they humfu.. uhm.. -Buckers ? :rolleyes:
  6. the P p/up is humbucking (totally hum-free, as all P p/ups should be, with their inherent split-coil humbucking design)- but the J tends to buzz whichever way you blend it with the P.
    -it's more of a problem with a trebly eq, use of distortion and fluorescent lights.

    (which is why I used a different bridge P/up on the Warmoth)

    that's an advantage the EMG active PJ set has- they're completely silent on the J too.
  7. the EMG "select" cost only $ 35 over here, where the normal EMG's / basslines cost about $ 100.. that's why i'm interested..
  8. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    I bought a Steinberger Spirit for a practice bass and thought I would change the pickups right away, but I was pleasantly surprised by the sound of the EMG Selects. They have a lower output than my main passive bass, but the tone is good. I'm going to leave them in. Considering the price, I would try them.