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Replacing Passive EMGs with Active EMGs

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by lowendpurveyor, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. Has anyone tried replacing their EMG HZ or EMG SSD pickups with active EMGs? If so what do you think of the results? Has anyone replaced the EMG SSD pickups with the active EMGs in their Spector bass and wired them to the Tonepump Jnr preamp? Is it worth going the whole way and replacing the Tonepump Jnr with the EMG accessory circuits such as the BTC or BTS? Thanks for any advice.
  2. JonesKY


    Sep 28, 2009
    If you're looking for a 'hi-fi' sound, then it'd be worth the swap. For me, I'd keep it passive & stock, using the money toward a great amp with a great built-in preamp. I play through an Aguilar, which has resulted in the flattening of EQ's in my 'active' basses, and a preference toward my passive basses, in general.
  3. kgantzer


    Mar 6, 2004
    Have Spector Legend Classic 5. I am not happy at all with the tonal variety available with the EMG SSD and TonePump Jr combination. Frankly, they seem about as functional as an on/off switch, with no in-between on any of the controls.

    If I was to upgrade the electronics, shoud I start w/ PUPS or Pre-Amp ?
  4. Really depends on the passive EMG's. The electronics in my Schecter, 40HZ's with an EMG preamp, sound great if not a tad bright. I've read several reviews that stated that replacing these with barts did nothing to improve the tone....although it did alter the tone a bit.
  5. andertone

    andertone Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Southwest USA

    I did it with a Dean beater bass I have, replaced the EMG_HZs
    with a 35P and 35J, world of difference. Found a used BTC preamp and now I have the same setup as my Godin BG-IV, which has served me well
  6. frootbooty

    frootbooty Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Las Vegas
    I had a Spector Legend 6 string. I did not care for the passive EMG's. They were quite noisy. I swapped them out for actives. I also replaced the tone pump jr. with a regular tone pump. However, I think that was really unnecessary, as I think the only diff between the two is about 4 dbs of boost.
    In short, active EMG's work quite well with the tone pump and both can run off the same 9 volt battery. If you are unhappy with your tone, give it a whirl. I tend to love active EMGs, so the difference was exactly what I was looking for

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