keep rerular musicman pickups or get emgs?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by thebassmuchacho, Nov 6, 2001.

  1. Ive been wonderin if i should switch the pickup in my musicman to emgs, or if i should keep the one i have in it. One person told me to keep the standard pickup because it keeps it sounding like a musicman, unique.
  2. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
  3. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Why, indeed? On top of that, there are no EMGs that are direct replacements for the MM pickup--you'd have to replace the pickguard, and maybe have the body of the bass routed out.

    While you're at it, you'd probably want to substitute the volume pot for one with a lower resistance (the low impedence EMGs usually ship with different pots than you'd find with a high impedence passive pickup), etc.

    If you really want to swap the pickup, consider a Bart or Duncan, both of whome make direct replacements for the MM pickup.
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    As much as I like EMGs, there are two basses in which I would NEVER change the pickups:

    1) Rickenbacker

    2) MusicMan
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    you know, since there is a forum around here called "pickups", i bet this would fit in perfectly right over there. i'll send it there presently :D.
  6. Velkov


    Jan 17, 2001
    Lansdowne, Ontario
    Since when does EMG make a MM pickup. I thought the only people that made MM pickups are SD and Bartolini...
  7. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Don't do it. If you change the pickup, it will no longer sound like a MM. If you really don't like the way the MM sounds, then you should sell it and buy a different bass.

    MM's have great resale value and move pretty quickly on the used market, BTW.
  8. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    yeah dude don't change those pickups...
  9. I don't own a Musicman (yet) but love the sound, which I believe won't be the same if you put a different pup in. You will simply create a Frankenstein bass. I'd say don't do it.

    Mike J.