Upgrading Spector EMG's to 18v

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by nat, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. nat


    Mar 24, 2004
    Lexington, KY
    I have a Spector Q5 bass with EMG HZ pickups. I know the pickups themselves are passive, but the bass still requires a 9v battery. Will I benefit from adding another battery?
  2. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    The preamp is active. Yes the extra battery adds headroom.
  3. Yup, when I had my spector that was the first thing I was going to do.
  4. Sorry for asking but what exactly is headroom, I have a Q5 also and am thinking about doing this too?
  5. Timbo


    Jun 14, 2004
    I was hoping to do this with my rebop 5.. But I couldn't only 9 volt I guess ><
  6. Argento1980


    Oct 5, 2012
    LOL this is from 2004? I came across it and saw that you had a question and, incidentally, I was just coming across the answer so here it is (just in case)...

    On the EMG Powering / Tips and Tricks document it says "Headroom is defined as the ability of the pickups to deliver a clean, undistorted waveform."

    I'm looking into upgrading my Spector (incidentally like yours) from 9V to 18V. Hoping this annoying, distorted 'buzz' that I get will go away! :) Fingers crossed! Will keep you all updated :crying: haha