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Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

Nick Vance (84)

Bass Equipment Forum · 12/2/2003 11:33 PM
Hey I want to upgrade the pickups on my Mexican jazz bass but I'm not quite sure what to get. I've been thinking about getting some EMGs and going active, but if I do this will I have to make any body modifications to the instrument in order to accomodate for the battery? What kind of modifications are necessary if I should choose to install one of EMGs tone control accessories such as the BTC? I play a wide variety of styles, a lot of rock, blues, funk (I play slap a lot), and heavier music and I'm looking for a very dynamic tone. If anybody owns some EMGs and could tell me what they think of them I'd be grateful.
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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/2/2003 11:34 PM

Brien Mcclure (1511) wrote:

you shouldnt have to make modifications...you can also get a battery box and attach it to the out side of the bass if you want...but you can just keep it in the cavity

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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/2/2003 11:49 PM

Robert Claypool (31536) wrote:

If you run the pickups at 9 volt, you won't need to rout any wood out, though it makes it easier to switch batteries when you have a box installed. 18 or 27, you will need to do some routing though.

To install EMGs BTC EQ you won't need to rout anything out. You can even add the VMC and have a much more flexible tone, though you will have to move the output jack to the side of the body to accomodate the extra controls unless you go for a stacked dual volume control.

EMGs are good pickups, with one drawback. Any bass with EMGs sounds pretty much the same as any other bass with EMGs.

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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/2/2003 11:54 PM

Brien Mcclure (1511) wrote:

what pickups can you recommend him if he wants that sound but with some flexiblity?



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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/2/2003 11:57 PM

Robert Claypool (31536) wrote:

Oh, EMGs are plenty flexible. They just don't pick up on the instruments individuality tonewise.



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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/3/2003 2:24 AM

Ridhuan Syah (1484) wrote:

dun pick up on the instruments individuality tonewise? i dun know wat u mean, sorry. can explain?



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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/3/2003 2:32 AM

Robert Claypool (31536) wrote:

You can put them in a Squire, and they'll have the same basic sound as on a 3000 dollar Fodera.



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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/3/2003 6:30 PM

Brien Mcclure (1511) wrote:

i sould add them to my squier...not.....its such a peice



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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/4/2003 12:44 AM

Ridhuan Syah (1484) wrote:

i dun get it sory



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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/4/2003 12:52 AM

Brien Mcclure (1511) wrote:

he is saying....if you put the pickups on any guitar...it will sound the same...



if you take a 100 dollar guitar and add emgs...it will sound the same as a 10000 dollar guitar with emgs...



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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/4/2003 12:57 AM

Robert Claypool (31536) wrote:

Yep. As long as the neck is straight, the body resonates, and the bridge is sturdy, the pickups sound almost the same in any bass.



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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/4/2003 8:45 PM

Ridhuan Syah (1484) wrote:

so can i say that for emgs, the wood on the body or neck wont have a noticeable difference in sound, as in "don't pick up on the instruments individuality tonewise"?

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Re: Pickup Upgrade for Mexican Jazz

12/4/2003 12:34 PM

Matt Pierce (4012) wrote:

I run EMG's at 18 volts, on my Japanese Jazz bass. Both batteries fit nicely into the existing cavity. No routing was necessary. FYI.

Matt