Replacing EMG P-J Set

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JES, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. JES

    JES Supporting Member

    I need opinions please.

    I've got a 1979ish Fretless Precision with a Maple Neck.

    In 1991 I had it retrofitted with and EMG P-J set [insert collector cringing here--I used the hell out of it in that configuration]. I like the EMG tone just fine but I'm thinking of switching to passive because once a year I have to take off the whole pickguard just to replace the battery. I've also had some DC offset trouble though it might be fixed by upgrading to 18 volts.

    If you liked the EMG sound, where would you look in passive pickups?

    On the P setting I do sort of a deep 70s funk sound and sometime run it through a DOD FX-25 with the sensitivity all the way down for that Lasswell dub sound. On the J (or blending the two) I do more singing, legato lines (no Jaco stuff here--John Munson of Trip Shakespeare got me into fretless). I play indy rock, trip hop, experimental. I use Thomastik flatwounds that I never change.

    I haven't even thought about pickups for a long time. Suggestions would be appreciated. Somewhere around here I probably still have the stock P. I think I want a humbucking J.

  2. joegeezer


    Mar 9, 2005
    Northern Wisconsin
    Avatar Club#12 Eden Club Lucky# 13--USA Peavey Club#37 Carvin Club#5
    Put a set of Bartolini's in it, and you'll never look back. I have them in most all of my basses. EMG's suck IMHO.
  3. JES

    JES Supporting Member

    Actually, I had Barts in an old 5-string and found them a bit dull for my taste, though as with all things, it was likely a combination of things--the woods and fingerboard were also heavy. And Bartolini makes different pickups.

    They were also VERY low in output without an active pre.
  4. Hund Basses

    Hund Basses

    May 17, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    i would leave it if you like the sound changing the battery is not a big deal

    i believe they make the best P J pickups