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Ordered a complete Redactive system for my P/J

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Stinsok, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I am skeptical and stoked at the same time. I popped for the switchable P and J pickups and the no solder harness for this bass. Here's to hoping.
  2. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
  3. Geni758


    Nov 15, 2013
    South Jersey
    I'm also considering this.

    Please let us know how you do/don't like it after the install.
  4. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    They were sent Priority mail but they are late. I will post pics of the process, etc.
  5. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    Installed them. Took my time, read and re-read the diagrams before starting. Got it back together-The P pickup is great. Not a "vintage" tone as they describe but strong and clear. The J pickup is a different story. A very large amount of hiss when the volume is wide open. I have checked my work, I'm pretty certain I have my part right.
  6. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I emailed GFS about the noise issue. The response was kind of dismissive, saying that there is going to be a little noise when you are "three inches away from your amp." Well, I got out the old iphone and made them a video of the horrible white noise. They came back and said "There does appear to be an issue with that pickup." I'm going to have to scrap the project and go back to passives for this bass.
  7. Bredian


    Apr 22, 2011
    hello out there... anything?
  8. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    They said they had another J model in the works and could swap whenever they came in. I opted to send them back. Installed a Tone Monster Preamp instead .
  9. RED J

    RED J Lol Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    Resurrecting this old thread. I ordered a set of the switchable REDactives , J J in my case and they hiss like a plexi with 5 pedals in front of it. I checked my wiring, turned all the switches to the off position, new batt reinstalled and still...hisss city. I just want to say I have been very pleased with their passives for both bass and guitar.
    Looking past the hiss, they really have a good tone and nice range. but man, no matter how I EQ my amp , hiss at different resonant frequencies.
    I have e-mailed them about it, I guess they only deal with return issues once a week.
    Don't buy 'em !
  10. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    Glad I saw this, as I was about to order the J J set. Thank you for the reviews.
  11. bobodechimp


    May 22, 2011
    Canonsburg pa
    Big UPS on the review.you saved me a lot of time money and hart ach. Was going to get the redactive pj set for my mikro. But forget it. still thinking about the passive pickups by gfs
  12. RED J

    RED J Lol Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    Yeah guys , it's really a let down. When you unpack them it's like wow, everything is really quality, and I guess material wise, they are but phew,it was just extreme.
    I don't intend a general slagging on GFS, I have and will continue to do business, generally very satisfied. But...sorry this is their flopster.
    BTW, somebody is going to jump in and say you cant run actives wide open. I ain't talking about wide open, I'm talking just cracking the tone control from zero to one and it grows from there. Even on zero if you try to eq in some clarity on the amp its like different flavors of ambient noise.
  13. Red J, have you checked your wiring? Those sound very interesting for the price.

  14. RED J

    RED J Lol Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    I did . I even pulled the battery and ran them dry, you have to crank everything way up on the amp to get a gain. The sound was there though very weak,, all controls worked, but the hiss was gone. Seems physical connections were fine.
    No hum like a ground hum, just hiss, like a high gain amp with pedals in front of it
    Last edited: May 14, 2014
  15. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I kind of figured that their active pickups would be to good to be true.

    I bought a set of guitar humbuckers from GFS, strictly for aesthetic reasons and was very surprised how good they sounded.
  16. RED J

    RED J Lol Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    It seems stinsoks experience as well as mine shows these are an anomaly, but still, wish i had read this before I ordered. Just don't want to see anybody else waste their time and money on these particular pickups. I'm a GFS fan in general.
  17. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    It's close to Halloween so time for a zombie thread. I noticed that GFS has a "low noise" J pickup available now. I may take another whack at it.
  18. Bredian


    Apr 22, 2011
    I've got active PJ setups in 3 basses, three different brands... the "J" pickup is single phase, like original but active, and they are notoriously noisy... but cut through when needed.... especially in old school bass mixes when the PA is compressing the highs and overtones. Mostly I use the "P" pickups... EMGx on the one shown, and set all my tone knobs flat or 10 without a mid boost that creates that mush most deal with. You can get humbucking J pickups from many suppliers, but they perform differently.
  19. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    If actives are desired, it is still difficult to beat a good set of EMG's, with their famous greater than -100dB noise floor.
  20. honeyiscool


    Jan 28, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    The most useful thing about the Redactive pickups is that you can buy their Redactive cables to connect EMG pickups. :)
    bunnykeeper and Will_White like this.