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mixing p-u brands...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ModulusAcacia, Feb 9, 2003.


  1. ModulusAcacia

    ModulusAcacia Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 22, 2000
    Middletown/Cincy, OH WHO-DEY!
    owner: J. Kennedy Guitar Repair, Guitar tech for Walk the Moon
    hey all-
    this is a related question to the post below... I have a lane poor music man p-u I want to use in a project bass I'm builing. I also have an EMG 35P4 that i was thinking about using as a neck pick-up. Assuming I use an aguilar obp-1 as a pre-amp what would the results be? would the EMG over power the LP? vice versa? would it work perfectly? would another p-u brand/type work with the LP or should I just make a dummy pick up out of wood, or cut a big pickguard to cover the front p-u cavity and scratch the idea of a front p-u all together? :) as always any and all advice is greatly appreciated :)

    thanks,
    Justin K.
     
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Mixing low (EMG) and high (LP) impedance pickups will produce bad results unless the impedances of the two pickups are matched before mixing. You can match the impedances with a buffer, or take the easier route and find another pickup that has about the same impedance (I would think Bartolini would be close, also SD) and use those.