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Which is a better preamp for EMG-35HZ's? Bart or EMG?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Philthy, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Flanders, NJ
    I have a bass with EMG-35HZ's in it. I'm going to put in a 2 band preamp. I'm deciding between the Bartolini HR-4.5 or the EMG BTS system. Both are about equally priced. Which one would be the better fit and better sounding for the EMG pickups?

  2. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    The HZ series is passive, right? If so, the BTS will only offer active eq, but not an actual preamp for the pickups.

    The Bartolini has an active eq as well as a preamp for the pickups.

    Difference is, that when the controls are set at zero for the eq (no boost or cut), the pickup level will be the same with the EMG as it is without the BTS. The level of the Barts will be higher with similar setting.

    I think...
  3. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Flanders, NJ
    OK. That makes sense. So, I think I'm gonna lead towards the Bart. As long as the EMG's and Bart work well together.
  4. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    I will be using bart preamp if I put one in my jazz bass. I only want a 2 band preamp, but I want both boost and cut. Bart provides that. Wouldn't see why the Bart pre wouldn't work fine. If it didn't, I would think the problem isn't with the pre. Only my opinion though, not based on experience.
  5. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Typically Bart pre's sound best with Bart P/U's. EMG pre's sound best with EMG P/U's. Both of their pre's were designed around their own P/U's. I did recently install the Demeter pre with some EMG's and it sounded real good.
    As a general rule though (IMO) the pickups seem to dictate more of the overall sound than the pre.
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I've played a few of the Spector Re-Bops that have the HZ's with an Aguilar OBP-1 & it sounded killer.
  7. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    IMHO, the Aggie pre's are the exception rather than the rule... but I think what Jome said is more of a rule of thumb...