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Replacement Soapbars for my Modulus Q5

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Ribtips, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. Ribtips


    Jan 30, 2018
    I've got a mid-90s Modulus Quantum 5 with the original EMG soapbars with 4-knob electronics (vol/bal/bass/treb). I'd like to replace them with a PJ setup that won't require any cosmetic changes. In other words... I'm asking advice on which EMG soapbars and electronics will give me what I want?

    I've spent quite a bit of time on the EMG site, and it looks like the 40P and 40J with the BTS system are the obvious choices, but is the 40JVS a better choice over the 40J? Also - they mention being able to order the -P with the treble pickups configured like a Fender, but no indication on how to do so.

    What are pros and cons the PX and JX models?

    I just don't want to have to buy 4 pickups to settle on the two I like.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Talk to the guys at Best Bass Gear, they'll walk you through it.

    (btw, if you already have EMG's 4-knob electronics (vol/bal/bass/treb) from the mid-1990s then in all likelihood that is a BTS System, and you can save yourself some money by only replacing the pickups. Only difference between a new and old BTS System is you won't have Solderless Connection.)
  3. Ribtips


    Jan 30, 2018
    The pots are 23 years old and noisy, so I'm probably going to replace all of it.
    Bob_Ross likes this.
  4. Ribtips


    Jan 30, 2018
    Welp. I ended up buying a BTS system with the 40PX and 40JX-CS soapbars. What I didn't realize until I pulled the old pickups and electronics out was that the pickups were both 40P5Qs (evidently a 40P5 built to Modulus's specs for the Quantum 5 bass). No wonder I never cared for the sound. I'm loving it now, but still haven't settled on the high EQ switch settings yet. Going 100% neck actually sounds like a P-bass (with a solid graphite neck).

    Anybody in the market for the old BTS electronics and 2 40P5Qs? I'll even throw in the leftovers from the new stuff (2 pairs of active volume and tone controls and wiring).
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