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Posted by MrCheeks (220.127.116.11) on October 20, 2003 at 22:26:35:
In Reply to: Re: EMG Pick Ups or not? posted by kevinlee on April 27, 2002 at 05:09:17:
: The EMG select pu's work well because they have a bar type magnet instead of four indavidual poles like standard p-bass pu's. This means you don't have to have the strings lined up exactly over each pole. They are active so you do need to use active type pots. I have a set of these I attach to the end of my finger board by velcro so it is removeable. I also have a little metal box underneath that houses the volume and tone pots. I prefer the sound of my k&K piezo pu but the EMG's work better if you need to get really loud.
: Although they kind of sound like a giant p-bass, but that's not a bad sound just not really a traditional upright sound. They pack a lot of punch though.
: : I need some Precision style pick ups for my bass. I have considered EMG, going on the old saying you get what you pay, and they're the most expensive I can get locally (I live in Australia, there's not many bassists over here). I have now been informed the EMG's come pre-wired with the potentiometers and everything included. I think this may be part of the reason they're more expensive, rather than the quality of the pick ups themselves. So my question is can I get a better pick-up for similar money? I don't mind if they cost a bit more, or if I have to wire them up because I'm an electrician by trade. Thanks for reading. Please respond.
EMG Selects are PASSIVE not ACTIVE. Active means they need power and are used with a pre-amp which is also active. For someone trying to post an intelligent sounding paragraph of information you really screwed up in the statement that they are active. Passive in pickups means they have a magnet that already has a charge. Not the case with active pickups
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