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NPD: EMG 45 TWX set with BQC control.

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by GlassToMouth, Oct 11, 2017.


  1. GlassToMouth

    GlassToMouth Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2014
    Rhode Island
    After 6 months of debating, I pulled the trigger. I'm so glad I did. The aforementioned electronics are now installed in my beloved Kiesel Vanquish multiscale VM49K. These are not a drop and fit. I had my local tech do the installation, routing an EMG 45 size in favor of the P2 size. Shout out to Noll Guitars in Cranston, RI for nailing everything. I do need to order a pair of concentric gold knobs since Kiesel uses a smaller shaft size. Yes, the mismatched knobs bother me.

    I didn't dislike Kiesel's stock electronics, but I've always been an unapologetic, rabid EMG fanboy. The stock humbuckers were a little too wooly, round, and mid biased for my tastes. The stock guts were also a tad hissy as well. If the treble was boosted in the slightest, it was a bit annoying. I prefer a modern, scooped, slap friendly sound. I still rate Kiesel's radius humbuckers to lean towards Hi-Fi over vintage, but I wanted even more modern sharpness. Tonally, It's like a Kiesel Vanquish and a Dingwall Combustion had a baby... and I love it. And dead quiet/no hiss, which I've come to expect from my fourth go around with EMG overhauls in my basses.

    After I returned home, I put it through it's paces through headphones and full rig. I really love the push/pull tonal variety. I never owned the original TW's (with the apparent volume output variances) but the even output across all of the settings is delightful. The single coil setting when soloing the bridge pup was a little thin at first, so I flipped that one around with the single coil setting favoring the neck. Thanks TB for teaching me that trick. So much better now whether blended or soloed. It will be a couple weeks before I can give a gig report, but I'm ecstatic with this bass now. Most comfortable I've ever played, and I've got yet another in the stable that has that sound "in my head" that I've always been chasing.

    After...

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    Before

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    Last edited: Oct 11, 2017
  2. Aidil

    Aidil

    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    nice share!

    Got my self a pair of EMG 35TWX, but haven't installed them to replace the EMG 35HZ on my Ibby SRC6, cause I haven't got the BQS Control to match the two.

    Been thinking flipping one of them also, but I might flip the neck pickup instead, so I can the get two outside single coils to sound like Jazz singles.
     
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  3. Aidil

    Aidil

    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    regarding the mismatched knobs... are the knobs which came with the EMG's that bad if you used them on all pots?
     
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  4. GlassToMouth

    GlassToMouth Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2014
    Rhode Island
    Keeping it like this for now will make me twitch and force my hand to expedite ordering of matching knobs.
     

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