emg select

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by turkish, Apr 3, 2003.

  1. turkish

    turkish Guest

    Jul 14, 2002
    FCCAUSA, or here
    whats the differenc between emg pups and emg selct pickups, and what is characteristic of the EMG sound
  2. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    EMG selects are their generic line. Usually passive.
    Found on many lower priced instruments. Regular EMGs are Active pickups with a built in preamp and need a battery to operate. Most EMG users prefer the active pickups. As I don't have any basses with them, I will let EMG owners comment on the difference in sound.
  3. I got a Jazz I've put together with an EMG Select in neck position, the sound is quite round/warm with the bridge on just a bit, but when both pickups are all the way up the lows are undefined and the highs are nasaly :confused:
    THe EMG isn't bad for the price but I guess you get what you pay for :bassist:
  4. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    1)EMG Select.. are not EMG.
    They are designed by EMG and made in asia.
    They are passive pickups.

    2)The problem that you describe about the pickups, seems to be that your pickups are wired OUT of PHASE. Just reverse the wires of one of them and hear again.
  5. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    IME they pretty much suck.
  6. Schwinn


    Dec 4, 2002
    Sarasota, FL
    Nothin to write home about but they'll get the job done. I have a cheap Ibanez with them. The sound is nothing special.