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EMG X Series with BTS?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by LiquidMidnight, May 22, 2017.

  1. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Hey all, I picked up a set of 40CSX pickups to swap out for a 40P and 40J. Rather than us the volume and tone pots they come with, I just plugged them into the BTS pre already installed on the bass. The pickups sound good, but they seem to lack power/volume.

    Do you need to use the X series pickups with the tone pot? Can you use them with the BTS pre? Any idea why they seem weak?
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    yeah, that don't seem right. the special tone pot is certainly not required for proper functioning of the X pickups themselves, and they should be loud and clear.

    some kind of hookup error with the annoying new solderless system, i'd suspect. (i've had to raise my EMG install prices because the damn solderless system is more of a hassle than just soldering the stuff in)
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  3. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Apparently I had the connectors reversed. :meh: They're pretty rockin' now. :bassist:

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