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Some Questions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chriss62, Dec 24, 2001.

  1. Chriss62


    Jul 24, 2000
    Austin, Texas
    Hello out there in talkbass land! I got Some Questions For you all. If you could be so kind as to share some of you knowledge with me?(Please?)
    Well here it goes.
    1. What is this headroom thing? Why is it good to have more?
    2.Whats the deal with EMG-Hz's. Are they like the lowest class EMG pup's
    3. What do you think of the ibanez BTB406Q
    4. Would you trade some active emg's for some passive ibanez's (not trade, but chose one over the other)
    5. Why is it good to have a multi laminate neck(i think its called) ex.maple with 2 stripes of walnut
    Thats it! thanx in advance for your answers, comments, laughter and anger.:D
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    To put it in easy to understand terms, headroom is the amount of reserve power that your amplifier has to reproduce a sudden peak, or transient, when already playing at loud volume. If you have a lot of headroom, the transient will sound natural. If you have no headroom, the transient will get clipped and sound distorted. THe gurus in the Amps forum can give you a much better technical explanation of headroom.

    The HZ's are EMG's least expensive pickup. They are not similar in design at all to the active EMG's. They are similar to a lot of other low priced pickups that are standard on budget instruments, not better or worse, for the most part. By putting the EMG HZ's in an instrument, this gives a manufacturer a little more respectability than a Mighty Mite, DX or no name pickup. These pickups are better than the pickups at the extreme bottom end of budget instruments, such as Squier, Samick, imported Washburns, and Ibanez, but not on the same level as EMG, Bartolini, or Basslines.

    Good instrument for the price, best 6 under $1000 IMHO.


    Multi laminated necks have the potential to be more rigid and stable than 1 piece necks, all other things being equal.

    No problem. That's what we're here for.:)
  4. Now if we just had some laughter and some anger :D

    Emb, are you following me? :)
  5. Chriss62


    Jul 24, 2000
    Austin, Texas
    Thank you all for your help. i really like talkbass. and yess, where is the laughter or at least the anger?? :D :D
  6. Chriss62


    Jul 24, 2000
    Austin, Texas
    Hey Embellisher, what do you mean, active EMG's? I've seen EMG-Hz's tha use a nine volt. Do you mean that the other EMG's are just plain better. Would you really trade the emg's for passive ibanez? and do you really think that about the 406Q?
  7. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    Where's Allodox?:p
  8. KeithPas

    KeithPas Supporting Member

    May 16, 2000
    Think of headroom this way:
    You have two cars, a Ford Escort that has a maximum speed of 80mph and a Porsche that has a maximum speed of 150mph. What one do you think will operate more efficiantly at 50mph? The one that is operating at 75% of its maximum power or the one that is operating at 30% of its maximum power? You are better off having an amplifier with more power than you need and to play at a lower volume than having an amp with less power that you need and for you to play at a high volume. Your tone and your speakers suffer from this.
    The Ibanez BTB Q series are nice basses, you might not think it necessary to replace them, if you do EMG's are fine replacements. I personally like Basslines or Bartolini's.
    Both passive pick ups and active pick ups (pick ups that have an internal preamp) can be used with an onboard preamp. The preamp in active pick ups boost the signal whereas the onboard preamp both boost the signal and shapes the tone.
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Chris, EMG HZ's are often installed in basses that also have an active preamp, which requires a battery, but HZ's are passive pickups. The original, more expensive, and better EMG's have internal preamps, and require battery power whether you install them alone or with a preamp.

    HZ's vs. Ibanez pickups? Pretty much the same tonewise IMHO. OK sounding, low priced passive pickups.

    Active EMG's? Totally different class of pickup. Much quieter, more modern and hifi sounding, and capable of a wider frequency range as well.
  10. I couldn't have said it better myself!:D :D :D

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