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I need to be clear on something

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by metalbass101, Nov 7, 2004.


  1. metalbass101

    metalbass101

    Jan 24, 2004
    Say if I went out and bought a MIM Fender or an Ibanez with PJ pups in it. I decide to upgrade it's sound and get some basslines or EMG pups. Now the question is; do I HAVE to tottally swicth out the basses' electronics and replace it with the passive stuff that comes with the pups? Or can I just have them installed with the stock electronics?
     
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    You don't absolutely have to switch the electronics in a MIM, but the tone and overall sonic performance of the bass improve if you do. The stock electronics hardware in the MIM line isn't top-notch.

    If you buy an EMG P-Bass setup, the pots, wiring, and jack come with it in the package, so it's just best to put the new stuff in.
     
  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    If you do EMG's, or another active pickup mfr, you HAVE to change the pots as the active pickups require pots of a different impedance than that used for passive pups.

    Otherwise, no
     
  4. luknfur

    luknfur

    Jan 14, 2004
    DIXIE
    FWIW:

    don't have the EMG preamp any more and my hardcopies off the EMG site show not pot values but I know anytime I've gotten a set of active EMG's without a preamp the pots were all 25K audio (including tone pots). You may have to change at least the volume to a 25K. Passive Basslines and active EMG's are different enough pups to where they're not typically included together in a pup choice.
     
  5. metalbass101

    metalbass101

    Jan 24, 2004
    Ok. so say if I went and got a Ibanez SR series and I didn't dig the passive pups. So say I went and got some replacement PASSIVE pj pups and wanted to have them installed in. Would that still mean I have to have the electronics rerouted and another battery holder put in and what not?
     
  6. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    As I said, unless you're going from passive to active pickups or vice versa, then 99 times out of 100 I'd say no.

    I'm saying 1% uncertain as you get circumstances where you have coil tap options available (single/series/parallel) and you may not have them available with the new pickups. But if you only have vol/vol/tone or vol/blend/tone then you're fine.