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Which EMG p/j for fretless?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Sheffield, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Firstly: yes, EMG. No, not wanting Barts.

    Secondly: who uses EMGs in their p/j fretless (and/or EMGs in their fretless, flat-out)? What set are you using?

    I've listened to as many clips online as I can find and I'm at a loss for how to decide. I know that JimmyM is of the opinion that the EMGx series is really trebley, but I haven't heard that in the (few) clips I've found. Granted I didn't find many.

    Points? Counterpoints? Carrots?
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Well the X series is really trebly...


    Hey, what can I tell you? I'm a regular EMG P/J guy.
  3. Tommy Preston

    Tommy Preston

    Apr 7, 2008
    I am in same boat...wondering what to do to a Franken P. I have a Bart P and am wondering whether to add another Bart J @ bridge or buy set of EMGs P/J configuration. I am definitely leaning to the old stand bys though as opposed to the new "X" type. I am trying to get the "Jaco" bridge tone by adding to the P configuration. Happy hunting, If any news let me know.
  4. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me

    I have 2 fretless bases with EMG P/J set up

    Both basses are custom built. Both basses have the bridge pickup mounted about 3/4 of an inch closer to the bridge. Pic can be found here. http://www.myguitaronline.com/pics/Twins.JPG

    One is a spalted maple body with maple neck and ebony fingerboard. The pups are accompanied by an EMG 3 band onboard preamp. (BQS) I have the X version PJ set up in this bass. The P pup is also moved 3/4 of an inch closer to the bridge

    The other is a walnut body with a maple neck and rosewood finger board. The pups are accompanied by an EMG 3 band onboard preamp (BQS). I have the standard PJ set up in this bass.

    The difference is quite startling. The maple bass is terribly punchy. It works really well for funk. The walnut bass has a much fuller sound, and works well for traditional Chicago Blues. The bad thing is I can't decide which one I like better.

    It's much easier to get that "Jaco" sound with the X series pup

    I play in a couple different blues band. We play in small to medium size venues, so I'm usually dialing in the tone looking for the sweet spot at every differnt venue. The x series is a little bit harder to dial in.

    If you have any other specific questions, let me know. I'll try to help

  5. Bumping my own thread.

    I went with the PJx set and I'm actually pretty happy with them (the Px sounds awesome, for one). I can see how these would be overkill if you were using rounds; however, I'm really happy with the sound that a balanced tension set of Chromes (40-55-75-95) is giving me with them. It's bright, but in bright-for-flatwounds territory.

    I'm currently waiting for a BTC System to toss into the bass. The J pickup isn't soloable, given the huge output of the P-bass pickup; my thought is that I might be able to use this to bass-boost the J so that I can use it solo. Failing that, I'm going to rout the bass for an EMG35 and try a 35CSX in the bridge.

    Details to follow in another thread!
  6. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    The J should be much closer to the strings than the P pick up. Lower the P and raise the J. That will even them out.

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