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replacing Duncan Designed jazz pickups w/ EMG

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Direct Box Rox, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    Brick, N.J.
    am I going to notice a night and day difference between my Duncan Designed jazz pickups vs. EMG JHZ (passive jazz)?

    Anyone with any experience have an opinion? Thank you.
  2. DERB


    Jan 14, 2013
    not likely.
  3. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    Brick, N.J.
    Thank you.
  4. I think a better answer might be, maybe you would notice a difference, maybe not. The thing is, even if there is a night and day difference, there is absolutely no guarantee you will actually like the change. If you want to take this risk, you can go ahead and try a swap, hoping you don't hate the sound of the new pickups. Maybe you'll get lucky and you will prefer the new p'ups. Maybe not.
    Personally, if I liked the sound of the DD pickups (and I do, I have two Squier VM's) I would just leave them alone.
  5. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I replaced the Duncan Designed 5-string pickups in my Squier VM Jazz 5 with Lollars. I didn't like Duncan Desigened pickups voicing. I don't have the same issue with the 4 string VM Jazz.

    There is a noticeable difference with the 5 string version.

    Best of luck,

  6. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    Brick, N.J.
    Ok guys, thanks for the info. I almost pulled the trigger on EMG JHZ pickups (used) on Ebay for $40.
  7. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan

    This is how those HZ's might sound. To be honest, they will probably sound less scooped sounding than the Duncan Designed J's. the HZ's are a little darker than the EMG Active J's, and of course passive so there are no op-amp limitations or benefits applied. Occasionally there are some cheaper EMG J Set actives for sale here on Talkbass. I might be selling a set of those J's soon, as I just got the JX's and love them.